Abstract

Although The Great Gatsby has been endlessly adapted in a variety of media, it has only been condensed or “sanitized” twice: once in early 1926 when it was serialized in ten installments in newspapers such as the Altoona Tribune and second when on 23 May 1937 it appeared in a single issue of the “Sunday Novel” insert syndicated to major papers across the U.S. This essay presents that 1937 text as it was edited down from 48,000 words to 34,000. In trimming the novel anonymous syndicate editors did not wholesale amputate scenes or subplots but practiced more discerning surgery that nevertheless significantly disfigures F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose. They also removed chapter breaks, altering the rhythm of the plot. Although Gatsby entered the public domain in 2021, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review wishes to thank the Fitzgerald estate for endorsing the republication in its entirety of this unique version of the novel.

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