Understanding The Great Gatsby: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 177 pages
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Today, more than 70 years after its publication, "The Great Gatsby" seems as fresh and pertinent to American life as it did in the 1920s. The social, cultural, and historical milieu of the 1920s reflected in its pages is not so very different from our own. This interdisciplinary collection of commentary and rich collateral materials will enrich the reader's understanding of those times and their influence on Fitzgerald's novel. The authors have included a wide variety of primary documents that capture the flavor of the era and its notorious and flamboyant players. Included are newspaper stories, first person accounts, and congressional testimony from the scandals of the 1920s.

Most of the documents included in this text are available in no other printed form. A chapter on the writing of the novel illuminates Fitzgerald's relationship to the literature of the 1920s. Chapters discuss the following topics: the scandals of the 1920s, The Woman Question, the rich in the 1920s, and the novel then and now. Each section of the casebook contains study questions, topics for research papers and class discussion, and lists of further reading for examining the themes and issues raised by the novel. This is the ideal student and teacher companion for understanding the novel in its historical, social and cultural context.

 

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Contents

Literary Analysis What Makes The Great Gatsby Great
xiii
The Great Gatsby and F Scott Fitzgerald Intertwining of Life and Work
15
Our New Novelists of the Early Twenties 1920
24
Heywood Broun Books 1920
26
Notice of This Side of Paradise 1921
29
Why Be Honest? The Scandals of the 1920s
33
Rosenthal Shot and Killed in Gamblers War 1912
38
Gambler Who Defied Police Is Shot Dead 1912
43
Texas Guinan Jailed in Dry Raid on Club 1927
92
Texas Guinan Held in Cell Nine Hours 1927
93
Padlock Ordered for the 300 Club 1927
94
Texas Guinan Disappoints 1927
96
Texas Guinans Club Closed for Six Months 1927
97
Texas Guinan Held on Nuisance Charge 1927
98
Texas Free of One Charge 1927
99
Texas Guinan Freed on Liquor Charge 1927
100

Court to Hear Plea to Void Indictment of MManus Today 1929
47
MManus Acquitted by Order of Court of Killing Rothstein 1929
53
James Crusinberry Five White Sox Men Involved Hoyne Aid Says 1920
56
Plan Probe of CohanTennes Losses on Sox 1920
61
James Crusinberry Benton Confessed Winning 1500 on Wire Top Herzog 1920
64
Inside Story of Plot to Buy Worlds Series 1920
65
First Evidence of Money Paid to Sox Bared 1920
69
James Crusinberry Sox Suspected by Comiskey during Series 1920
71
Grand Jury to Hear Mystery Womans Story 1920
74
The Testimony of Edward L Doheny before the US Senate Committee on Public Lands and Surveys 1924
79
The Woman Question Changes during the 1920s
107
How a Girl Beat Leander at the Hero Game 1926
113
Helen Christine Bennett Does Business Give Women a Square Deal? 1929
116
G Stanley Hall Flapper Americana Novissima 1922
127
Why Not Be Rich? Money in the 1920s
147
An Interview with John J Raskob 1929
153
Stocks Collapse in 16410030Share Day 1929
161
The Great Gatsby Then and Now
165
Index
171
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DALTON GROSS is Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University. He has a special interest in the literary and social milieu of the United States in the 1920s. With MaryJean Gross he has contributed twelve biographies to "American National Biography" (forthcoming), seven to the "Encyclopedia of American Literature" (forthcoming), and articles on "The Great Gatsby" in "Notes and Queries" and "The Explicator."

MARYJEAN GROSS is Assistant Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University. She has a special interest in the history of the novel, with emphasis on nineteenth-century British fiction. With Dalton Gross, she has contributed twelve biographies to "American National Biography" (forthcoming), and seven to the "Encyclopedia of American Literature" (forthcoming), and articles on "The Great Gatsby" in "Notes and Queries" and "The Explicator.

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