The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Published: 1925

Country: United States

Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons

Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby has not always had the reputation of one of the great American novels that it enjoys today. The “Jazz Age” from which it sprang, may be a remote historical phenomenon, but the story of the mysterious Gatsby’s infinite capacity for dreams, and the contrast with the “foul dust” from which they emerged, continues to resonate.

A story of the triumph of idealism, or of its cynical corruption? The reader may reach their own conclusion, amidst the endless parties that Gatsby throws, his gangster friends, his wartime heroism, his “Oxford” education, and his startling refusal to accept the passage of time – characteristics which form the mystery at the centre of the novel.

A novel which questions the American Dream while embodying it, which celebrates “the promises of life” while demonstrating their destruction – what makes Gatsby “great” are the elusive, unanswerable questions of life and literature.

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