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.




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