Review by Choice Review
West (Pennsylvania State Univ.) maintains the high standards of the fine series of uniform editions of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Trimalchio (titled after an ostentatious millionaire in Petronius's Satyricon) was Fitzgerald's penultimate version of The Great Gatsby. An acknowledged Fitzgerald expert (he also edited the Cambridge editions of This Side of Paradise, CH, Jul'96, and Flappers and Philosophers, CH, May'00), West provides a meticulous and comprehensive critical apparatus: a useful introduction, facsimiles of typescripts and other illustrations, explanatory notes on the cultural background, a record of variants, and several precise appendixes dealing with the genesis and composition of the novel. The inclusion of passages ultimately excised or placed elsewhere in the final version of Gatsby, ed. by Matthew Bruccoli for this series (CH, Feb'92), provides the reader with a larger context and a greater understanding of the composition process. For example, the revelations of Gatsby's past by Jordan Baker and Gatsby himself are presented earlier and less subtly in Trimalchio. This fine edition, and the developing series of which it is a part, will be of significant interest to Fitzgerald scholars and students; it merits a place in every academic and large public library. ; Central Connecticut State University
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Review by Library Journal Review
As the title explains, Fitzgerald's initial take on what we know as Gatsby was somewhat different when he first delivered the manuscript to Scribner editor Max Perkins in 1924. Perkins made several suggestions on changes, and Fitzgerald went to work revising the story, eventually altering the title as well. In this earlier version, narrator Nick Carraway's personal life outside of his dealings with Daisy and Gatsby has a larger role, but the meat of the story remains the same. Nonetheless, considering the novel's importance to American letters, academic libraries should purchase. Publics can play it by ear. In addition to the text, this edition features numerous photos and scholarly notes, etc. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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