Halfway through the Roaring Twenties, F. Scott Fitzgerald finished the rough draft of his next novel, Trimalchio in West Egg. He mailed his manuscript to his trusted editor, Maxwell Perkins, and the two would exchange letters sharing praise over the book’s astounding storytelling, and concern over its title.
Unable to pick a name for his baby, Fitzgerald’s list of potential titles kept growing. This continued until Perkins (with support from Zelda, Scott’s wife) convinced him to choose a more reader-friendly title. One month later, The Great Gatsby was born.
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