an exhibit from the
Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli
Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald
on publication by
Thomas Cooper Library
& the University of South Carolina Press
F. Scott Fitzgerald's
a facsimile edition

Graniteville Room
Thomas Cooper Library
April 10, 2000

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was published seventy-five years ago, on April 10th, 1925. This small exhibit marks that anniversary and the publication of Fitzgerald's Trimalchio galleys in facsimile, by the Thomas Cooper Library and the University of South Carolina Press.

The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald at the Thomas Cooper Library has strong holdings documenting the composition, reception, and reputation of The Great Gatsby. This exhibit features some of the high spots.

For more details on this exhibit and graphics of objects on display, please visit the official exhibit web site.


A newly-discovered Fitzgerald letter about The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald to Charles Baldwin, ALS, late April.early May 1924: "My third novel (unpublished) is just finished + quite different from my other two in that it is an attempt at form. . . ." A facsimile, transciption, and brief commentary on this important new letter have been included with the USC Press Trimalchio facsimile.

The Trimalchio galleys

Trimalchio (New York: Scribners, 1925). The only set of the unrevised galleys for the unpublished text of The Great Gatsby.

The Trimalchio facsimile edition

Trimalchio (Columbia: Thomas Cooper Library and University of South Carolina Press, 2000). Facsimile edition of the galleys, afterword by Matthew J. Bruccoli; limited to 500 copies.

First editions of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby (New York: Scribners, 1925). The first printing of the first edition. A. First printing of the dust jacket, with the lower-case "j" in "Jay" hand-corrected. B. Second printing of the dust jacket, with "Jay."

First British editions

The Great Gatsby (London: Chatto & Windus, 1926.) The first British printing of the first edition. A. In earliest state of the dust jacket; on front flap: '7 S. NET'.. B. Remainder dust jacket with price altered to 2/6. Author's inscribed presentation copy to Edwin Barret. C. Remainder dust jacket with price altered to 2/-.

Magazine serialization

The Famous Story Magazine, 3 (April-August 1926). Post-publication serialization of The Great Gatsby.

Newspaper condensation

Chicago Herald-Examiner (23 May 1927). A cut version of The Great Gatsby appeared in Sunday newspaper supplements.

Reprinted (and discontinued)

The Great Gatsby (New York: Modern Library, 1934), with an introduction by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Inscribed by Fitzgerald. Second copy stamped "Discontinued title."

British magazine republication

Argosy, 22 (August 1937). The Great Gatsby was reprinted in a single issue of this British pulp magazine.

The Great Gatsby in wartime

The Great Gatsby (Armed Services Edition #862 [1945?]). This paperback edition of the novel was distibuted gratis to members of the military during World War II.

The first mass-market edition and movie tie-in

The Great Gatsby (New York: Bantam, 1945). The first commercial paperback edition of the novel; a dust jacket was placed on unsold copies to promote the 1949 movie.

A young poet's reading of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby (New York: Grosset & Dunlap. 1949). Sylvia Plath's copy with her annotations.

Scholarly editing

The Great Gatsby, ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli (Cambridge, New York & Melbourne: Cambridge University Pres, 1991). The first volume in the Fitzgerald critical edition.

A new reference work

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Documentary Volume, ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli (Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Gale Group, 2000). Dictionary of Literary Biography: 219.

Francis Cugat and The Great Gatsby dust jacket

These sketches and paintings represent Cugat's preliminary work for the jacket of The Great Gatsby and his own copy of the final jacket art. Loaned for this exhibit by Arlyn Bruccoli.

Fitzgerald Centenary Comments

This page updated 12 September 2000.
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