F. Scott Fitzgerald had an abundance of talent. It seems to me he was a bit of an underachiever. As I understand it, this short story / novella was published after he published "This Side of Paradise". It is another story about the so called guilded age. It is a fantasy type story with a clever ending. It can be read in one sitting.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Nonetheless, his writing in this story uses many racial terms and stereotyping that would have made me think he was from the Deep South from that time period; the early 20th century. I emphasize that I am not suggesting the South from the present.
I am studying F. Scott Fitzgerald. Thus far I have read; This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and The Damned, and The Great Gadsby, and now, of course, this story. This story seems to me to be the least mature of these works. These stories all remind me of each other. They all seem to be about young privileged Americans in the guilded age. The author seems to be constantly drawing on the personality of his wife, Zelda. I do enjoy following the literary path to The Great Gadsby. This story is a step on that path.
In summary, there is nothing wrong about this story as a relatively short, romantic fantasy. Certainly there are glimpses of the author's real talent. I think what bothered me the most was the dated, immature, and simplistic, racial stereotyping that dampened my enjoyment of this otherwise pleasant story. It may be unfair, but I think I just expect more from someone of this stature.