Fitzgerald, F. Scott: 1896 - 1940

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.



  • Discussion about the novel. BBC; World Book Club - with readins and a summary
  • About the significance of the novel and why it 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.
  • How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel. NPR Radio; May 22, 2015 - transcript
  • A conversation about The Great Gatsby with writer Jay McInerney and literature professor Anne Margaret Daniel. WNYC; May 6, 2013
  • Discusssion about the novel. National Endowment for the Arts; August 21, 2009, with Dana Gioia and these guests
    - transcript (29:12)
  • Gavin Jones, Stanford University, discusses 'The Great Gatsby'. August 27, 2013
  • What 'The Great Gatsby' Means to American Literature. VoA; November 27, 2010
  • How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel. NPR; September 8, 2004 - transcript


  • Jay Gatsby and the Myth of American Origins: a lecture by Leo Marx. MIT School of Engineering; April 25, 2005 (Real 1:25:45)