The Princeton Collection: Stories, Poems, and Plays from the College Years of F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Princeton Collection: Stories, Poems, and Plays from the College Years of F. Scott Fitzgerald

by F. Scott Fitzgerald, P. C. Weber

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Excerpt from the foreword by P. C. Weber:

Just three years before the publication of his first novel "This Side of Paradise" rendered him an overnight literary sensation, F. Scott Fitzgerald was living the spirited life of an upperclassman at Princeton University. The time he spent there resulted in a treasure trove of short stories, dramas, parodies, and verse that has been largely overlooked within his overall body of work. "The Princeton Collection" represents a concerted attempt to resurrect the finest of these forgotten early pieces and make them available in a digital format for the very first time. Fitzgerald's prodigious talent is clearly obvious in this volume of collegiate writings, where he is already beginning to explore many of the themes and character personas that would distinguish his later work. Here the reader will find all of the familiar musings on the foibles of the wealthy class, the illusory nature of true beauty, and the inevitable failure of romantic idealism, not to mention an assortment of independent-minded young women who serve as prototypes to the Jazz Age flappers that Fitzgerald would later make his own. This compilation also presents a rich snapshot of campus life in the early twentieth century, a time when American involvement in the First World War loomed large, the Roaring Twenties were set to explode, and an entire generation was about to lose its innocence. Seven of these pieces were eventually revised by Fitzgerald for publication in commercial print at a later date, and "The Princeton Collection" also provides the final versions of these works as well as a history of how each evolved.

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This beautifully formatted e-book is compatible with all generations of NOOK readers and contains two fully functional tables of contents (actual and logical) as well as a chronology of works with active links. The text has been carefully proofed against original source documents and includes a foreword by the editor.

All profits from the sale of this book are being donated to charity to help fight the current worldwide epidemic of tuberculosis (TB). Thank you for your support.

List of works included in this compilation:

Shadow Laurels (1915), The Ordeal (1915), To My Unused Greek Book (1916), Jemina: A Story of the Blue Ridge Mountains By John Phlox, Jr. (1916), The Usual Thing By Robert W. Shameless (1916), Little Minnie McCloskey: A Story for Girls (1916), The Old Frontiersman: A Story of the Frontier (1916), The Debutante (1917), The Spire and the Gargoyle (1917), Rain Before Dawn (1917), The Diary of a Sophomore (1917), Tarquin of Cheepside (1917), The Prince of Pests: A Story of The War (1917), Babes in the Woods (1917), Princeton: The Last Day (1917), Sentiment and the Use of Rouge (1917), On a Play Twice Seen (1917), The Pierian Springs and the Last Straw (1917), Cedric the Stoker: The True Story of the Battle of the Baltic (1917), The Staying Up All Night (1917), City Dusk (1918), My First Love (1919), The Pope at Confession (1919), Marching Streets (1919), Sleep of a University (1920), The Ordeal (1920 revision), Babes in the Woods (1920 revision), The Debutante (1920 revision), The Spire and the Gargoyle (1920 revision), Princeton: The Last Day (1920 revision), Jemina: A Story of the Blue Ridge Mountains By John Phlox, Jr. (1921 revision), and Tarquin of Cheepside (1921 revision).

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015726435
Publisher: LGC Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 550 KB

About the Author

Author of the widely lauded novel The Great Gatsby, as well as This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald is best known for chronicling the excesses and tribulations of the Jazz Age. One of the leading authors of the post-World War I "Lost Generation," Fitzgerald often invokes themes of youth, beauty, and despair in his books and short stories. He was also known for his hard-partying lifestyle, as well as his marriage to the beautiful yet troubled Zelda Fitzgerald.

Date of Birth:

September 24, 1896

Date of Death:

December 21, 1940

Place of Birth:

St. Paul, Minnesota


Princeton University

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