Review by Choice Review
This fine critical edition by West (Pennsylvania State Univ.), an acknowledged Fitzgerald expert and author of The Making of This Side of Paradise (CH, Sep'83), maintains the high standards of "The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald" series. The first edition of Fitzgerald's first novel (1920) was notorious for being riddled with errors of fact, grammar, and spelling. West meticulously identifies these and makes a series of careful decisions (the rationale of which is explained to the reader) as to which should be corrected and which allowed to stand in order to preserve the rhythms of Fitzgerald's flawed but intriguing work. The scholarly apparatus is accessible and exhaustive. The editor provides a comprehensive chronology and introduction detailing the stages of composition from manuscript through the published book, records of variants and alterations in later editions, numerous explanatory notes regarding contemporary references in the novel, and useful illustrations, including facsimiles of sample manuscript pages. This edition will prove quite useful to both advanced scholars and undergraduates. A valuable addition to Fitzgerald scholarship and a desirable acquisition for all academic libraries. B. H. Leeds Central Connecticut State University
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Fitzgerald's first novel, about a coterie of Princeton socialites, appears in a 75th anniversary edition. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Library Journal Review
The first novel that launched Fitzgerald to literary fame and glory in 1920 is now in the public domain and will undoubtedly be released by a number of publishers. These two editions represent both ends of the spectrum. The Cambridge edition is the latest in its ongoing series of corrected texts of Fitzgerald's work. Aimed at the scholarly audience, it includes an introduction, explanatory notes, and illustrations. The Penguin paperback also has an introduction but is a basic, no-frills edition, which is adequate for the casual reader. Serious American literature collections should stock the Cambridge text, which is probably the finest edition of this novel to date. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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