Spires and Gargoyles: Early Writings, 1909-1919

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"...by giving his work a scholarly imprimatur and by establishing an apparatus to rival those in standard editions of Hawthorne, Conrad, and Faulkner, Cambridge has made it much easier to take Fitzgerald seriously....Spires and Gargoyles offers the first widespread oppurtunity for the non-scholarly reader to discover who Fitzgerald was before her became F. Scott Fitzgerald...West's introduction is excellent in both iits precision and economy. It lays out the facts of Fitzgerald's apprenticeship, noting his proficiency in the various genres represented here, and it provides a reliable list of original publication appearances." - Kirk Curnutt, The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review
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Meet the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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    1. Also Known As:
      Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 24, 1896
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Death:
      December 21, 1940

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Introduction

1 Background

2 Subsequent appearances

3 Editorial principles

4 Regularized features

5 Dates of publication

6 Lacunae and attributions

St. Paul Academy, 1909-1911

The Newman School, 1911-1913

Princeton University, 1914-1919

Record of Variants

Explanatory Notes

Illustrations

Appendix Probable attributions

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