Myra Meets His Family:
An Introduction

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"Myra Meets His Family" was rewritten in St. Paul in December 1919 from an abandoned story called "Lilah Meets His Family."

When Fitzgerald submitted "Myra" to Harold Ober, he admitted: "I'm afraid its no good and if you agree with me don't hesitate to send it back. Perhaps if you give me an idea what the matter with it is I'll be able to rewrite it." Ober had no trouble selling it to the The Saturday Evening Post for $400; it was Fitzgerald's second Post appearance (20 March 1920). Fox studios bought "Myra" in 1920 for $1000--a good price at that time--and made it into The Husband Hunter with Eileen Percy.

Its popular appeal did not alter Fitzgerald's feelings about the story. In 1921 he wrote Ober about English magazine rights: "I believe you have disposed of . . . Myra Meets His Family which story, however, I never have liked, + do not intend ever republishing in book form." The reasons for his rejection of the story are not clear. It relies on unlikely plotting, but so do a number of his other commercial stories. Perhaps he saw too great a contrast between "Myra" and "The Ice Palace," one of his finest stories, which was written during the same month.

"Myra Meets His Family" is a representative early Fitzgerald story in terms of its material and characters. It stakes out the territory of the Eastern rich; and Myra is a readily recognizable Fitzgerald heroine who reappears under a dozen other names in later stories.

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Fitzgerald Centenary Comments

This page updated 19 August 1996.
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