Babylon Revisited

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"Babylon Revisited"
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Short story
Published in The Saturday Evening Post
collected in Taps at Reveille
Publication type Magazine
Short Story Collection
Publisher Scribner (book)
Media type Print
Publication date February 21, 1931

"Babylon Revisited" is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, written in 1930 and first published on February 21, 1931 in the Saturday Evening Post and free inside The Telegraph, the following Saturday.[1] It was later adapted into a movie called The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson.


The story is set in the year after the stock market crash of 1929, just after what Fitzgerald called the "Jazz Age". Brief flashbacks take place in the Jazz age itself. Also it shows several references to the Great Depression, and how the character had to adapt his life to it. Much of it is based on the author's own experiences.

Basis in real life[edit]

The story is based on a true incident regarding Fitzgerald, his daughter "Scottie", his sister-in-law Rosalind and her husband Newman Smith (a banker based in Belgium, who as a colonel in the U.S. Army in World War II would be in charge of worldwide strategic deception for the U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff), on whom Marion and Lincoln Peters are based. Rosalind and Newman had not been able financially to live as well as Scott and Zelda had lived during the 1920s, and they had always regarded Scott as an irresponsible drunkard whose obsession with high living was responsible for Zelda's mental problems. When Zelda suffered a breakdown and was committed to a sanitarium in Switzerland, Rosalind felt that Scott was unfit to raise their daughter and that Rosalind and Newman should adopt her.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sarah Churchwell (28 Jan 2011). "Babylon Revisited: When the money runs out". The Telegraph. 
  2. ^ Holt, Thaddeus (2004). The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War. New York: Scribner. p. 286. ISBN 0-7432-5042-7. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 

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