Trimalchio: A Facsimile Edition of the Original Galley Proofs for the Great Gatsby

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In November 1924 F. Scott Fitzgerald sent the typescript for his third novel, tentatively titled Trimalchio, to his editor, Maxwell Perkins. In the following four months Fitzgerald extensively revised and rewrote the text in galley proof and at the urging of his editor selected a new title for the novel. On April 10, 1925, Charles Scribner's Sons published The Great Gatsby to warm reviews but disappointing sales. In time the work would be recognized as the great American novel and become a staple of high school and college literature courses throughout the country. Published here for the first time is the original version, which permits readers a look at Fitzgerald's progression from a brilliant first draft to a masterpiece.

Edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, Trimalchio is a facsimile of the only extant set of the novel's unrevised galley proofs, which are now part of the Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald at the University of South Carolina Library. In his afterword to this version of the text, Bruccoli identifies the sources for the novel's characters and setting, corrects commonly accepted notions about Fitzgerald's revision of the novel, and details the correspondence between Perkins and Fitzgerald about the novel's structure and character development. Comparing the final text of The Great Gatsby with the Trimalchio galleys, Bruccoli reconstructs Fitzgerald's work during the winter of 1924-1925, which included substantial rewriting and reordering of chapters 6, 7, and 8.

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Here is something truly unique. This is a facsimile of the only known existing set of 1924 galleys for this draft of the novel, which are housed in the Fitzgerald collection at the University of South Carolina's Cooper Library. The galleys come unbound in a box and measure roughly 24"h x 6"w and show Fitzgerald's handwritten corrections including his alteration of the title to The Great Gadsby (proving many scholars' claims that he was the world's worst speller). In addition to the text, this package also contains an afterword by top Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli. This is a specialty item for the most hardcore American literature collections, but it's a beauty. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570033605
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: Boxed Limited Edition
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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