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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 2000
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521890472
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521402378

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  • This is the first edition ever published of Trimalchio, an early and complete version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. 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 sent the galleys to Fitzgerald in France. Fitzgerald then virtually rewrote the novel in galleys, producing the book we know as The Great Gatsby. This first version, Trimalchio, has never been published and has only been read by a handful of people. It 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. James L.W. West III directs the Penn State Center for the History of the Book and is General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is the author of William Styron: A Descriptive Biography (Random House, 1998).

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The Cambridge edition of Trimalchio is for scholars and Fitzgerald fanatics...Trimalchio has shown me a new way to love Gatsby. I'm compelled into a vast aesthetic contemplation: I dream of The Great Gatsby as it might have been, greater still-" Adam Begley, New York Observer

    "...the principle reason to read Trimalchio is to observe a masterpiece taking form through the process of revision. Even those not easily caught up in textual detective stories may take an interest in puzzling out the effect of the changes..." Scott Donaldson, Star Tribune

    "West provides a meticulous and comprehensive critical apparatus...this fine edition will be of significant interest to Fitzgerald scholars and students." Choice

    "...I enjoyed every second of Trimalchio...had it been published as the legitimate text it would probably still be considered a masterpiece." Christopher Fischbach, Rain Taxi

    "Treat yourself to a copy...This new version is an earlier draft of Fitzgerald's novel, and it seems even better than the one finally published." Press Democrat

    "Fitzgerald enthusiasts are advised to acquire a copy immediately." The Times

    "Raw and edgy, Fitzgerald's prose practically dances across the page. For all of its subtle, flawed deviations from the finished work, the book possesses a charm that Fitzgerald never realized so completely again." Missouri Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521402378
    • length: 214 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 146 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.375kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521890472
  • 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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    Editor

    James L. W. West, III, Pennsylvania State University
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