F. Scott Fitzgerald's handwritten ledger goes online

Posted Apr 29, 2013 by Layne Weiss
The handwritten records of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and career have been put online by the University of South Carolina , and consequently made available for public viewing.
The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in 1922  d...
The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in 1922, during the Roaring Twenties, a time of prosperity in the United States after World War I. — From: Wikipedia
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The Great Gatsby author kept records of publications, income and key events in a ledger, which shows he made $2,000 from The Great Gatsby when it was published in 1925, BBC News reports. Income from the book increased, and a year later, he had a payment $16,666 for film rights.
The records have been made available just weeks before The Great Gatsby film, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, opens in theaters, The Associated Press reports.
In the ledger, Fitzgerald carefully lays out each piece of writing he ever produced, when he wrote them, and the income they garnered. 1919 was a particularly huge year, and also the year the ledger began. It was the year his first novel was accepted for publication as well as the year Zelda Sayre (Fitzgerald) agreed to marry him. It was the "most important year of life. Every emotion and my life work decided. Miserable and ecstatic, but a great success," Fitzgerald wrote.
The ledger began in 1919 and ended in 1938. Fitzgerald died in 1940, BBC News notes.
"This is a record of everything Fitzgerald wrote, and what he did with it, in his own hand, said Elizabeth Sudduth, director of Ernest F. Hollings Library at the University of South Carolina.
"We know he didn't spell very well, and his arithmetic wasn't much better," she joked according to The AP.
Park Bucker, an associate English professor at the university said he's excited to discuss the ledger with his students.