The Great Gatsby, F. Scott
Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his
career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by
generations of readers. The story of the fabulously 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.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise,
in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided
their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of
the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest
Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary
voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon.
For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald is
known as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth
Praise for The Great Gatsby…
James Dickey Now we have an American masterpiece in its final
form: the original crystal has shaped itself into the true diamond. This
is the novel as Fitzgerald wished it to be, and so it is what we have
dreamed of, sleeping and waking