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The Offshore Pirate by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Offshore Pirate

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Offshore Pirate is a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. It is one of eight short stories originally published in Fitzgerald's first collection, Flappers and Philosophers.

The story is about a spoiled young woman named Ardita Farnan, who is on a trip to Florida, home of the old folks, with her uncle. Their boat is eventually captured by "pirates," and she falls in love with their captain.

"The Offshore Pirate" (May 29, 1920) was Fitzgerald's third Saturday Evening Post appearance during the month and demonstrates his rapid development as a versatile fiction writer. It is the first story that develops Fitzgerald's recurrent plot idea of a heroine won by her lover's performance of an extraordinary deed.

The story had originally ended with the weak explanation that it was all Ardita's dream. Fitzgerald rewrote the conclusion to emphasize the storyness of the story: "The last line takes Lorimer [the editor of the Post] at his word. It is one of the best lines I've ever written."


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