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《股票干顺手回想录》之版本比较

  Edwin Lefevre: Man of Mystery

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  by James A. Maccaro

  This article is based upon an earlier article of the same title, published in the

  Fall 2004 issue of Traders.com Magazine, copyrighted 2004 by Technical

  Analysis, Inc., which reserves all rights, and has been used with permission

  of the publisher.

  Did he exist or didn’t he? That’s the question that has been

  asked for years about Edwin Lefevre, the author of

  Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, published in 1923.

  Ostensibly the autobiography of “Larry Livingstone,” a Wall

  Street wheeler-dealer, this novel is a thinly-veiled profile of

  famed speculator Jesse Livermore. It is justifiably viewed as

  a Wall Street classic and is a favorite of many successful

  investors.

  Lefevre did such a good job of presenting the mindset of a

  high-stakes speculator, and so ably managed to convey

  Livermore’s personality, that the rumor spread (and has

  been commonly accepted to this day) that the book was

  ghost-written for Livermore and that “Edwin Lefevre” was a

  mere pseudonym. This idea seems plausible in light of the

  fact that Livermore was a publicity hound who was friendly

  with many prominent writers of the 1920’s. Further confusing

  the issue is that many years latter, when Livermore was

  down-and-out, he agreed to the publication of a book about

  investing under his name, even though he had little to do with

  its creation. Also, to many modern ears, “Edwin Lefevre”

  sounds like a made-up name, combining a Victorian era first

  name with a hard-to-pronounce French last name. Yet

  Lefevre did in fact exist. Indeed, he was the most successful

  writer about Wall Street of the Roaring 20’s and early 30’s.

  Born on January 23, 1871 in Colon, Colombia (now in

  Panama) to American parents, Lefevre was educated in the

  United States (at Michigan Military Academy and Lehigh

  University) and felt no particular attachment to Central

  America. In contrast, his brother remained in Panama and

  served a term as president of that country.

  Edwin became a reporter for the New York Sun and soon

  specialized in writing about the stock market. He contributed

  articles about finance to many leading popular magazines of

  the day, including Harper’s, Everbody’s, Munsey’s and The

  Saturday Evening Post, and wrote several successful books.

  In the 1920’s, he signed an exclusive contract with The

  Saturday Evening Post, which was then the most widely