The Great Gatsby

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Demco Media, 1995 - Fiction - 216 pages
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The authorized text which restores all the language of Fitzgerald's 1920's classic story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

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"The Great Gatsby" proves its worthiness of an american classic. With multiple incidents of symbolism hidden between the pages, F. Scott Fitzgerald never ceases to amaze. With a simple story but a complex plot, the main character, Nick Carraway tells his tale of meeting Gatsby. SPOILERS: During World War 1, Jay Gatsby is stationed in Kentucky where he meets this woman named Daisy Fay. Gatsby lies to her saying he is rich, and they eventually fall in love. Gatsby is deployed, and Daisy says she will wait, but after a long time, she marries Tom Buchanan (a very rich man). Gatsby comes back from the war to find out Daisy Fay is now Daisy Buchanan, but in order to winner her back, he has to actually get money. He goes into the bootlegging business with Meyer Wolfsheim, the man that fixed the 1919 World Series. Gatsby ends up buying a house across the bay from Daisy's house in East Egg. Nick Carraway (Daisy's cousin) moves into West Egg (where Gatsby lives) in a small little house on Gatsby's property. Well I'm not going to tell you anymore.
READ THE BOOK! Do not listen to the other comments saying it is a bad book. My literacy teacher Ms. K from Grafton High School is OBSESSED with this book. If I were to say one bad thing about this book, I would get an F. But I'm not just saying it's good because of that fact, it truly is an amazing literary achievement. (Don't just watch the movie, their is so much more to the book, and the movie is not completely accurate).

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Ugh. Would take it back if I could. If it weren't a classic for some reason...

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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 bestselling 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 the historic St. Mary's Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland.

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