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Uncensored F. Scott Fitzgerald works to be published after 80 years

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May 02, 2014 | 9:23am EDT

Uncensored versions of works by The Great Gatsby writer F. Scott Fitzgerald are to be published for the first time in 80 years. Fitzgerald's fourth collection of short stories, Taps at Reveille, was heavily edited when it was first serialised in American magazine The Saturday Evening Post in the 1920s and 1930s, but it is now set to be published in its original form in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The original drafts of the stories contained sexual innuendos, profanities and anti-Semitic slurs, but these were removed by editors at the Post, who feared offending their readers. The new edition's general editor James West reveals the decision to publish the uncensored versions was made "because we want to read what Fitzgerald wrote, not what the editors at the Post thought he should have written".

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