The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Criticism

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“The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” appeared in Fitzgerald’s second volume of short stories, titled Tales of the Jazz Age (1922). Reviews of this collection were mixed, though many reviewers found it a definite improvement over his first collection, Flappers and Philosophers. In a review in the St. Paul Daily News, Woodward Boyd calls the collection “a better assemblage, on the whole, than Flappers and Philosophers.” Hildegarde Hawthorne of the New York Times Book Review, writes that “There is plenty of variety in the new collection, more than in the Flappers and Philosophers.”

However, many critics found the collection to be somewhat haphazard, featuring many lesser stories thrown in with a few of higher quality. A reviewer from the Times Literary Supplement notes, “none of the diverse elements in his book—fantastic, serious, or farcical&mdash...

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