The Great Gatsby

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Simon and Schuster, May 27, 2003 - Fiction - 165 pages
A true classic of twentieth-century literature, this edition has been updated by Fitzgerald scholar James L.W. West III to include the author’s final revisions and features a note on the composition and text, a personal foreword by Fitzgerald’s granddaughter, Eleanor Lanahan—and a new introduction by two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

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The Great Gatsby is cultured novel. The novel's setting is placed in New York in the 1920's. Fitzgerald brilliantly crafted his work to unerringly display the time period through characterization and description. Many elements of literature appear throughout the novel. For example, metaphors and similes are used frequently. On the outside, this novel seems to be about a passionate love story of a Capulet and a Montague, but underneath is a story of social and personal corruption. I highly suggest this scintillating piece of literature to all ages for an insightful read. 

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The Great Gatsby was outstanding, there was a lot of drama and imagination. The book properly portrait the roaring 20's and the love that could not be because of society views on wealth. The book its self was entreating and the Chartres where all unique. I wish there would have been more of an explanation as to what Daisy left or who was Daisy's daughter. the novel great but the way they speak at times can be a bit confusing.  

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera. Fitzgerald's masterpieces include The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald's fiction has secured his reputation as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.

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