F. Scott Fitzgerald: Trimalchio

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Trimalchio: An Early Version of “The Great Gatsby” (2000) is the galley-proof version of Fitzgerald’s third and most famous novel. It provides a fascinating extension of his oeuvre and a rich source of enjoyment and illumination for readers and scholars. James L. W. West III, the editor of this and several others volumes of the Cambridge edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, has supplied the title, but it was one that Fitzgerald himself had sometimes wanted to use for the novel, although others felt it would be too obscure.

In the Satyricon, the Latin novel by Petronius Arbiter (active 1st century AD) which survives in fragments, Trimalchio is a freed slave who holds lavish banquets. …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Trimalchio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2008
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