Fitzgerald's Response To The Great Gatsby

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Fitzgerald Hamilton Letters Response
Question 1: Based on all of these letters, what do you make of Fitzgerald’s relationship with Maxwell Perkins? How does F.’s confidence in Max challenge/reinforce what we think of the author?
Based on the letters I think that Fitzgerald and Maxwell had a close relationship, Fitzgerald relied on Maxwell many times throughout his journey of writing The Great Gatsby for guidance and direction of how to write his chapters. He also asked for opinions on the naming of his novels. Fitzgerald also named his wife by name instead of referring to her by title of “ my wife”, he also told Maxwell about their living arrangements and his desperate need for money. These things are not ones you would share with a stranger so this led me to think that he was close with on a personal basis. He also sent many copies of his unpublished novel to someone who could have easily published them as their own. This as an author is something you would not share with a someone who you had not trusted very well thus leading me to think that they were close friends.
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seems to suggest quite a bit about his ability to stand on his own, away from the reputations of others. What else in this letter confirms or challenges this notion?
In the letter Fitzgerald talked about his developed reputation of being known for writing This Side of Paradise, so this confirms that he did not need to rely on others to stand out. He also talked about not wanting signed blurbs on the jacket of his book. This could inform the reader that Fitzgerald was in a place in his writing career that he no longer needed conformations, or reviews from other such as editors or playwrights for his books to sell.
Question 3:Consider all of the titles Gatsby toys with throughout the letters. Who/what is “Trimalchio” and why might F. think it a fitting title for the book? Identify which, of all the potential titles, you think is the best and why. Then, which is the
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