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The Princeton Collection

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Just three years before the publication of his first novel This Side of Paradise rendered him an overnight literary sensation, F. Scott Fitzgerald was living the spirited life of an upperclassman at Princeton University. The time he spent there resulted in a treasure trove of short stories, dramas, parodies, and verse that has been largely overlooked within his overall body of work. The Princeton Collection represents a concerted attempt to resurrect the finest of these forgotten early pieces and make them available in a digital format for the very first time. Fitzgerald's prodigious talent is clearly obvious in this volume of collegiate writings, where he is already beginning to explore many of the themes and character personas that would distinguish his later work. Here the reader will find all of the familiar musings on the foibles of the wealthy class, the illusory nature of true beauty, and the inevitable failure of romantic idealism, not to mention an assortment of independent-minded young women who serve as prototypes to the Jazz Age flappers that Fitzgerald would later make his own. This compilation also presents a rich snapshot of campus life in the early twentieth century, a time when American involvement in the First World War loomed large, the Roaring Twenties were set to explode, and an entire generation was about to lose its innocence. Seven of these pieces were eventually revised by Fitzgerald for publication in commercial print at a later date, and The Princeton Collection also provides the final versions of these works as well as a history of how each evolved. (Text excerpted from the foreword by the collection's editor, P. C. Weber).

All proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the Stop TB Partnership to help fight the current worldwide epidemic of tuberculosis.

PUBLICATION DATE: November 29, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-9826517-9-7

PAGES: 230


"Shadow Laurels" (1915)

"The Ordeal" (1915)

"To My Unused Greek Book" (1916)

"Jemina: A Story of the Blue Ridge Mountains By John Phlox, Jr." (1916)

"The Usual Thing By Robert W. Shameless" (1916)

"Little Minnie McCloskey: A Story for Girls" (1916)

"The Old Frontiersman: A Story of the Frontier" (1916)

"The Débutante" (1917)

"The Spire and the Gargoyle" (1917)

"Rain Before Dawn" (1917)

"The Diary of a Sophomore" (1917)

"Tarquin of Cheepside" (1917)

"The Prince of Pests: A Story of The War" (1917)

"Babes in the Woods" (1917)

"Princeton—The Last Day" (1917)

"Sentiment—and the Use of Rouge" (1917)

"On a Play Twice Seen" (1917)

"The Pierian Springs and the Last Straw" (1917)

"Cedric the Stoker: The True Story of the Battle of the Baltic" (1917)

"The Staying Up All Night" (1917)

"City Dusk" (1918)

"My First Love" (1919)

"The Pope at Confession" (1919)

"Marching Streets" (1919)

"Sleep of a University" (1920)

"The Ordeal" (1920 revision)

"Babes in the Woods" (1920 revision)

"The Débutante" (1920 revision)

"The Spire and the Gargoyle" (1920 revision)

"Princeton—The Last Day" (1920 revision)

"Jemina: A Story of the Blue Ridge Mountains By John Phlox, Jr." (1921 revision)

"Tarquin of Cheepside" (1921 revision)


The first four pages of "The Pierian Springs and the Last Straw" (the opening story in The Princeton Collection) are presented in this preview.

MY UNCLE GEORGE assumed, during my childhood, almost legendary proportions. His name was never mentioned except in verbal italics. His published works lay in bright, interesting binding on the library table—forbidden to my whetted curiosity until I should reach the age of corruption. When one day I broke the orange lamp into a hundred shivers and glints of glass, it was in search of closer information concerning a late arrival among the books. I spent the afternoon in bed, and for weeks could not play under the table because of maternal horror of severed arteries in hands and knees. But I had gotten my first idea of Uncle George—he was a tall, angular man with crooked arms. His opinion was founded upon the shape of the handwriting in which he had written, "To you, my brother, with heartiest of futile hopes that you will enjoy and approve of this, George Rombert." After this unintelligible beginning, whatever interest I had in the matter waned, as would have all my ideas of the author, had he not been a constant family topic… See more

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