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.
- General Information from Promethean Planet
- Information from shmoop
- Explanations Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Gossary of terms and phrases: A-C, D-L, M-Z
- Theme Analysis
- Brief character analyses: Nick, Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Jordan
- What is a First Cousin, Twice Removed? - Nick's family connections to Daisy
- Symbolism: the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg, East and West Egg, colors.
- Celestial Eyes - from Metamorphosis to Masterpiece by Charles Scribner III
- A not so great Gatsby. A late draft of F Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece brings nothing new to the party by Adam Mars-Jones. March 26, 2000
- Awakening from the American Dream by Marilyn R. Chandler; from "Dwelling in the Text," 1991
- Fitzgerald's 'Radiant World' by Thomas Flanagan, NY Review of Books, December 21, 2000
- The Great Gatsby: an introduction by Bryant Mangum, Virginia Commenwealth University
- F. Scott Fitzgerald's major contributions to the development of the novel by Bryant Mangum, Virginia Commenwealth University
- Gatsby's Epitaph: F. Scott Fitzgerald by jody Bottum; Catholic Educator's Resource Center, 1999
- Ordering of events. The story's events have apparently been scrambled, but it is in fact the sign of artistic order. Besides we get to know Gatsby much in the same way as in real life we become acquainted with a friend, namely progressively by fitting together fragments that are picked up as we read the novel.
- The concluding image of "The Dutch Sailors"
- Information about the first edition
- The Valley of Ashes: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Robert Moses by Roger Starr. City Journal; Autumn 1992
- 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)