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Spires and Gargoyles
Early Writings, 1909–1919


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

  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765923

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  • F. Scott Fitzgerald had a busy and productive literary apprenticeship, writing in a great variety of genres. This volume contains his writings for the student magazine at his high schools and his Princeton writings for the Daily Princetonian, the Princeton Tiger, and the Nassau Literary Magazine. Of special note in this volume are the complete lyrics that Fitzgerald composed for three student musical comedies mounted by the Triangle Club at Princeton – Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi! (1914), The Evil Eye (1915), and Safety First! (1916). The volume includes a scholarly introduction, a record of variants and emendations, and numerous facsimiles and other illustrations. Explanatory notes identify the literary works, Broadway shows, movie queens, stage stars, politicians, historical figures, criminals, sports heroes, and popular songs referred to by Fitzgerald in these early writings.

    • Collects all of Fitzgerald's writings for his school and university magazines
    • Displays his early talent in a wide variety of literary genres
    • Includes explanatory notes, textual information and an informative introduction
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    'As usual, West's introduction is excellent in both its precision and economy.' The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765923
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 145 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    St. Paul Academy, 1909–1911: The mystery of the Raymond mortgage
    Reade, substitute right half
    A debt of honor
    S.P.A. men in college athletics
    The room with the green blinds
    The Newman School, 1911–1913: 'Football'
    Election night
    A luckless Santa Claus
    Pain and the scientist
    The trail of the duke
    A school dance
    Princeton University, 1913–1917: Triangle Show lyrics
    Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!
    The Evil Eye
    Safety First!
    Prose and verse
    'There was once …'
    'Shadow laurels'
    May small talk
    The ordeal
    how they head the chapters
    A cheer for Princeton
    The conquest of America
    To my unused Greek book
    Our next issue
    The usual thing
    The vampiest of the vampires
    Little Minnie McCloskey
    One from Penn's neck
    A litany of slang
    'Triangle scenery by Bakst'
    Futuristic impressions of the editorial boards
    'A glass of beer kills him'
    'Oui, le backfield …'
    'When you find …'
    Things that never change! No. 3333
    The old Frontiersman
    The debutante
    Penrod and Sam
    'Boy kills self …'
    Things that never change. No. 3982
    Precaution primarily
    The spire and the gargoyle
    Rain before dawn
    David Blaize
    'McCaulay Mission …'
    Popular parodies – No. 1
    The diary of a sophomore
    Undulations of an undergraduate
    Tarquin of Cheapside
    The Prince of Pests
    'These rifles …'
    'It is assumed …'
    Ethel had her shot of brandy …
    'Yale's swimming team …'
    Babes in the woods
    Princeton – the last day
    The Celt and the world
    Sentiment – and the use of rouge
    On a play twice seen
    Verses in Peace and War
    The invisible King
    The cameo frame
    The Pierian Springs and the Last Straw
    The Staying Up All Night
    Intercollegiate Petting-Cues
    Our American Poets
    Cedric the Stoker
    City Dusk
    My First Love
    Marching Streets
    The Pope at Confession
    Record of variants
    Explanatory notes
    Appendix: Probable attributions.

  • 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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