“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father told me something that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”
With the release of the movie are you thrilled by all things Gatsby? If so, you might want to check out the Princeton University Digital Library. You can view F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscript—in its original longhand form. (Fitzgerald used not a computer, not a typewriter, not even a pen to write. The manuscripts you can see are written in pencil.) The Princeton Digital Library has high-resolution digital images of The Great Gatsby and many other works owned by Princeton University Library that can be accessed and viewed by the public. Amazingly, the manuscript of The Great Gatsby is not only easy to read but also a fascinating look at Fitzgerald’s corrections and revisions. For example, the above quotation is not exactly the opening line in the book you read today. Can you spot the differences?