The Vegetable, or From President to Postman

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First edition (publ. Scribner's, 1923

The Vegetable, or From President to Postman is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that he developed into a play.[1]


The main character, Jerry Frost, is a low-level clerk. He is in an unhappy marriage and throughout the work he is striving for something more, yet he consistently falls short. The setting is both the Midwest and the East.


Following The Beautiful and Damned, Fitzgerald hoped to secure financial wealth for him and his wife. He hoped this play would succeed. The author was proud of the work, and sank into a deep depression—followed by a drinking binge—when it failed.[2] Fitzgerald had written and acted in plays (evidenced by works like The Captured Shadow) previously and had a gift for dialogue but the play lacked, according to some critics, focus.[3] Nonetheless, the play is recognized as an achievement, because like many of his works it is an example of the risks he took as an artist.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The vegetable: or, From President to postmanFS Fitzgerald. 1976. Scribner Book Company
  2. ^ The critical reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald. JR Bryer - The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. ^ F. Scott Fitzgerald in His Own Time: A Miscellany. FS Fitzgerald, MJ Bruccoli, JR Bryer - 1971 - Kent State University Press