In the latter half of 2016, it was revealed that I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories, a collection of short stories by the legendary F. Scott Fitzgerald, would be released this April. One of these lost stories, “The I.O.U.” — written by Fitzgerald in 1920, when he was just 23 — was published Monday by The New Yorker.
Anne Margaret Daniel, editor of the forthcoming collection, told The New Yorker that while “Fitzgerald scholars had known of the existence of some of these stories, like ‘Thank You for the Light,’ for decades … others were rediscovered by Fitzgerald’s family only a few years ago.” Daniel herself uncovered an additional three stories whilst working on the collection, “including a fragment that allows an intimate look at Fitzgerald’s creative process.”
The I.O.U. centers on a struggling publisher and the hoops he has to jump through in order to publish what he thinks will be his newest hit, and to keep it on the market. The full text of Fitzgerald’s story can be read here.