A Facsimile of the 1914 Acting Script and the Musical Score
with Illustrations from the Original Production
Book and Lyrics by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Music by D. D. Griffin, A. L. Booth, and P. B. Dickey
Edited with an introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli
A documentation of Fitzgerald's apprenticeship
In 1914, while he was a freshman at Princeton University, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the book and lyrics for the Princeton Triangle Club musical Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!. As his first publications, the acting script and libretto are now collector's items prized both for their rarity and for their documentation of Fitzgerald's early literary commitment. This facsimile, published as part of the Fitzgerald Centenary Celebration, makes available the text from one of two surviving printed acting scripts. The volume also features photographs from the original production, together with the original song book.
In his introduction, Matthew J. Bruccoli reconstructs the writing and production of the play. He describes the annual campus wide competition that prompted Fitzgerald to compose the musical, and he comments on the creative leap that the work represents for a youth of seventeen with no experience in musical comedy. Bruccoli explains the musical's complicated plot (which turns on the activities of Fi-Fi Gormilley, manicurist at the Hotel Della Palma in Monaco), its maze of romantic pairings, and its witty dialogue. In doing so, he demonstrates the significance of Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi! in Fitzgerald's apprenticeship.
Limited edition, 500 numbered copies
7 1/2 x 10 1/2, approx. 180 pages, 65 halftones
cloth, ISBN 1-57003-138-X, $49.95s
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This page updated 10 December 1997.
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