The Great Gatsby

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Scribners, 1991 - First loves - 202 pages
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The story of fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The great Gatsby is a true classic of twentieth-century literature. This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of The great Gatsby, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and authorized by the estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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gorgeous imagery, lovely, flowering writing. - Goodreads
The plot itself is also weak and pacing is difficult. - Goodreads
Great prose & storytelling...beautiful words! - Goodreads
Another great book, but kind of a disappointing ending. - weRead
Beautifully written, tragic love story. - Goodreads
Nice book, easy to read, great for teaching English! - weRead

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*REREAD Liked: - The atmosphere. I adore the 1920s and the party and the New York City atmosphere. It's literally 3 of my favorite things (The Roaring Twenties, parties, and NYC) all mashed into one ... Read full review

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The Great Gatsby was one of the longer and more 'boring' books that I came across in my search for Great American novels. There was honesty too much dialogue and details from characters I wasn't fully ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

F(rancis) Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. He was educated at Princeton University and served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. In 1920 Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre, a young woman of the upper class, and they had a daughter, Frances. Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the finest American writers of the 20th Century. His most notable work was the novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). The novel focused on the themes of the Roaring Twenties and of the loss of innocence and ethics among the nouveau riche. He also made many contributions to American literature in the form of short stories, plays, poetry, music, and letters. Ernest Hemingway, who was greatly influenced by Fitzgerald's short stories, wrote that Fitzgerald's talent was "as fine as the dust on a butterfly's wing." Yet during his lifetime Fitzgerald never had a best-selling novel and, toward the end of his life, he worked sporadically as a screenwriter at motion picture studios in Los Angeles. There he contributed to scripts for such popular films as Winter Carnival and Gone with the Wind. Fitzgerald's work is inseparable from the Roaring 20s. Berenice Bobs Her Hair and A Diamond As Big As The Ritz, are two short stories included in his collections, Tales of the Jazz Age and Flappers and Philosophers. His first novel The Beautiful and Damned was flawed but set up Fitzgerald's major themes of the fleeting nature of youthfulness and innocence, unattainable love, and middle-class aspiration for wealth and respectability, derived from his own courtship of Zelda. This Side of Paradise (1920) was Fitzgerald's first unqualified success. Tender Is the Night, a mature look at the excesses of the exuberant 20s, was published in 1934. Much of Fitzgerald's work has been adapted for film, including Tender is the Night , The Great Gatsby, and Babylon Revisited which was adapted as The Last Time I Saw Paris by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1954. The Last Tycoon, adapted by Paramount in 1976, was a work in progress when Fitzgerald died of a heart attack on December 21, 1940, in Hollywood, California. Fitzgerald is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland.

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