"The Offshore Pirate" is a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. It appeared shortly thereafter in the collection Flappers and Philosophers.
It 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 was adapted to film in 1921 and starred Viola Dana as Ardita.
It predates the screwball movie comedies of the 1930’s in that it features a determined young heiress trying to get what she wants out of life.
The story is about a spoiled young woman named Ardita Farnam, who is on a trip to Florida with her uncle. Their boat is eventually captured by "pirates," and she falls in love with their captain.
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