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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Trimalchio

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Trimalchio
An Early Version of 'The Great Gatsby'

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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521890472

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  • This first edition ever published of Trimalchio, an early and complete version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby now appears in paperback. Fitzgerald wrote the novel as Trimalchio and submitted it to Maxwell Perkins, his editor at Scribner's, who had the novel set in type and the galleys sent to Fitzgerald in France. Fitzgerald then virtually rewrote the novel in galleys, producing the book we know as The Great Gatsby. This ur-version, Trimalchio, has never been published and is markedly different from The Great Gatsby: two chapters were completely rewritten for the published novel, and the rest of the book was heavily revised. Characterization is different, the narrative voice of Nick Carraway is altered and, most importantly, the revelation of Jay Gatsby's past is handled in a wholly different way.

    • Paperback of the first ever published edition of Trimalchio, the original version of Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby
    • Full scholarly edition of Trimalchio, prepared by major Fitzgerald scholar, James L. W. West III
    • Major addition to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald
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    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521890472
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of composition and publication
    Introduction:
    1. History of the text
    2. Editorial principles
    Trimalchio
    Record of variants
    Explanatory notes
    Illustrations
    Appendix 1. Perkins' letters of criticism
    Appendix 2. Note on Trimalchio
    Appendix 3. Note on eyeskip.

  • Author

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    James L. W. West, III, Pennsylvania State University
    James L. W. West is Distinguished Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, where he is a Fellow in the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies. His most recent book is William Styron, A Life (1998).

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