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The Great Gatsby

Host Steve Inskeep talks with James L.W.West III about Trimalchio: An Early Version of The Great Gatsby (Edited by James L.W. West III/Cambridge University Press/2000). West says that F.Scott Fitzgerald's Trimalchio was a good novel, but that The Great Gatsby was a masterpiece -- and that Fitzgerald and his editor, the famed Maxwell Perkins, achieved this in the re-writing. West is Distinguished Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

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