"The Jelly-Bean" was written as a sequel to "The Ice Palace." When the Post declined it, Fitzgerald changed the names but refused to provide a happy ending. The story was published in the October 1920 Metropolitan Magazine, as part of a six-story deal which brought Fitzgerald a raise from $500 to $900 per story.
Fitzgerald provided this comment when he collected "the Jelly-Bean" in Tales of the Jazz Age:
This is a Southern story, with the scene laid in the small city of Tarleton, Georgia. I have a profound affection for Tarleton, but somehow whenever I write a story about it I receive letters from all over the South denouncing me in no uncertain terms. "The Jelly-Bean," published in "The Metropolitan," drew its full share of these admonitory notes. It was written under strange circumstances shortly after my first novel was published, and, moreover, it was the first story in which I had a collaborator. For, finding that I was unable to manage the crapshooting episode, I turned it over to my wife, who, as a Southern girl, was presumably an expert on the technique and terminology of that great sectional pastime.
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