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The Camel's Back

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.

Listen to The Camel's Back

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