The Camel's Back:
An Introduction

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"The Camel's Back" was Fitzgerald's third Saturday Evening Post story (24 April 1920). The magazine paid $500 for the story, a $100 raise from his previous Post sales. When he collected "The Camel's Back" in Tales of the Jazz Age, he provided this comment:

I suppose that of all the stories I have ever written this one cost me the least travail and perhaps gave me the most amusement. As to the labor involved, it was written during one day in the city of New Orleans, with the express purpose of buying a platinum and diamond wrist watch which cost six hundred dollars. I began it at seven in the morning and finished it at two o'clock the same night. . . My amusement was derived from the fact that the camel part of the story is literally true; in fact, I have a standing engagement with the gentleman involved to attend the next fancy-dress party to which we are mutually invited, attired as the latter part of the camel--this as a sort of atonement for being his historian.

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Fitzgerald Centenary Comments

This page updated 19 August 1996.
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