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The Basil, Josephine, and Gwen Stories


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

  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521769730

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  • This volume brings together three series of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald - the Basil Duke Lee stories of 1928–29, the Josephine Perry stories of 1930–31, and the Gwen Bowers stories of 1936. The texts published here are based on surviving typescripts that preserve Fitzgerald's final revisions for their first publication in the Saturday Evening Post. Collations have revealed cuts and revisions by the Post editors aimed at removing profanity and blasphemy, sexual innuendo, real names of people and places, and references to racial prejudice. These passages have been restored to the Cambridge texts. This volume includes a scholarly introduction, a record of variants, facsimiles and other illustrations, and an appendix that presents early endings for the stories 'The Captured Shadow' and 'Basil and Cleopatra'. Full historical notes identify popular songs, sports heroes, literary works, Broadway shows, and sources for the stories.

    • Includes detailed notes explaining contemporary references in the stories
    • Restores controversial material relating to sex and race that was excised from early publications
    • Includes illustrations showing how Fitzgerald reworked his manuscripts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521769730
    • length: 397 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 146 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    The Basil Stories: That kind of party
    The scandal detectives
    A night at the fair
    The freshest boy
    He thinks he's wonderful
    The captured shadow
    The perfect life
    Forging ahead
    Basil and Cleopatra
    The Josephine Stories: First blood
    A nice quiet place
    A woman with a past
    A snobbish story
    Emotional bankruptcy
    The Gwen Stories: Too cute for words
    Inside the house
    Record of variants
    Explanatory notes
    Appendix 1: Original endings, 'The Captured Shadow' and 'Basil and Cleopatra'
    Appendix 2: Publication and earnings.

  • Author

    F. Scott Fitzgerald


    James L. W. West, III, Pennsylvania State University
    James L. W. West III is Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

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