Written in 1920,
The Camel's Back was the third story of
Fitzgerald's published in the Saturday Evening Post.
Fitzgerald had returned to his native St. Paul for Christmas in 1919
and heard about a wild night at the annual
Christmas costume party
of the Hill's (family of railroad tycoon
James J. Hill.)
Those events inspired the tale.
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of this story:
"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."
This adaptation of Fitzgerald's story is presented by the Erstwhilists,
and like all their radio drama productions, the audience will be given
a rare opportunity to view the myriad of sound effects gadgets at work
alongside the vocal artists. Also, J Roth has created an original music
score to accompany the show.
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