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"Winter Dreams" first appeared in Metropolitan Magazine (December 1922) and was collected in All The Sad Young Men (1926). Written while Fitzgerald was planning his third novel, The Great Gatsby, it is the strongest of the Gatsby-cluster stories. Like the novel, it examines a boy whose ambitions become identified with a selfish rich girl. Indeed, Fitzgerald removed Dexter Green's response to Judy Jones's home from the magazine text and wrote it into the novel as Jay Gatsby's response to Daisy Fay's home.
The four closing paragraphs of this story are distinguished by Fitzgerald's complex explication of Dexter's sense of mutability: he grieves for the loss of his capacity to grieve.
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