This side of paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts (1917-1919). Fitzgerald began writing This Side of Paradise at Princeton, continued in November 1917 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with the working title "The Romantic Egoist," and completed a first draft of the novel at Cottage Club in March 1918. After this draft had been twice rejected by the New York publisher Charles Scribner's Sons, Fitzgerald returned to his parents' home at 599 Summit Avenue in his native St. Paul, Minnesota, and added five new chapters to the four he had written the previous year. He changed the second title of the novel from "The Education of a Personage" to "This Side of Paradise" and sent the novel to Maxwell Perkins at Scribner's. The publisher accepted the novel on September 16, 1919, and published it on March 26, 1920. The author's corrected galleys and page proofs do not survive. F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Romantic Egotist," chapters 1, 2, 5, 12, and 14. Fitzgerald corrected the five chapters in this early typescript version and sent them to Charles W. Donahoe in October 1918. Donahoe donated the typescript to Princeton in 1948. .
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940
- 224 typescript pages
- Typed manuscript.
- Princeton University Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. C0187
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- F. Scott Fitzgerald papers, 1897-1944