The Great Gatsby, 1925 - Information about the Book


  • Three years before the novel was published by Scribner's, Fitzgerald said that he planned to write "something new - something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." His old friend, Edmund Wilson, read the book immediately. He told Fitzgerald it was the best work he had done, although he thought the characters were unpleasant. T.S. Eliot told him it was the best new novel he had read in years.
    from The Writer's Almanac, MPR.
    Fitzgerald hoped to sell 20'000 copies.



  • About the significance and why the novel continues to resonate with readers of all ages. WHYY Radio; May 9, 2013

    With Suzanne del Gizzo, Chestnut Hill College, and Michael Tratner, Bryn Mawr College.
  • A conversation about The Great Gatsby with writer Jay McInerney and literature professor Anne Margaret Daniel. WNYC; May 6, 2013
  • The Great Gatsby: discussion
  • Studio 360 explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and finds out how this compact novel became the great American story of our age. Novelist Jonathan Franzen tells Kurt Andersen why he still reads it every year or two, and writer Patricia Hampl explains why its lightness is deceptive. November 25, 2010
  • Discusssion about the novel. National Endowment for the Arts; August 21, 2009, with Dana Gioia and these guests - transcript (29:12)


  • Some thoughts about the novel from the Discovery Channel (Real 1:52)
  • Jay Gatsby and the Myth of American Origins: a lecture by Leo Marx. MIT School of Engineering; April 25, 2005 (Real 1:25:45)