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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Trimalchio


  • 5 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 214 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.375 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 813/.52
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PS3511.I9 T75 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Fitzgerald, F. Scott--(Francis Scott),--1896-1940.--Great Gatsby--Criticism, Textual

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521402378 | ISBN-10: 0521402379)

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


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.

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