Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

 ‘It has interested and excited me more than any new novel I have seen.’ T.S. Eliot

'Gatsby: The Greatest Of Them All… If from all of our country's books I could have only one, ‘The Great Gatsby’ would be it.’ Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

‘It's more than an American classic; it's become a defining document of the national psyche, a creation myth, the Rosetta Stone of the American dream.’ Jay McInerney

‘My book is wonderful’ F. Scott Fitzgerald

‘His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings’ Ernest Hemingway

The Great Gatsby is one of the great books of the twentieth century according to The New York Times, Le Monde, The Observer, and just about everyone else. It is scheduled for release as a film by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in May 2013.

This edition is stylishly presented with ten pictures of 1920s life to put the text in context as well as illustrate the story. It also includes a linked table of contents so you can quickly go to the part you want.

Nick Carraway, has recently moved to New York to make his way in the world.
Nick lives next door to a mysterious man named Gatsby, who throws spectacular and lavish parties. Rumours swirl about Gatsby’s background and the source of his money. But Nick becomes friends with him and learns that he is in love with Daisy, Nick’s second cousin, who is married to the boorish Tom.
One of the classic love stories of the century and also one of the most beautifully written. A magical book which everyone should read.

F.Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald named an age- the Jazz Age, which he defined as ’a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.’ Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and studied at Princeton which he left in his senior year (1917) to join the army. At one of his army postings near Montgomery, Massachusetts he met Zelda Sayre. His first novel was ‘This Side of Paradise.’ published in 1920, which made the twenty-four-year-old Fitzgerald famous almost overnight, and a week later he married Zelda in New York. Their tumultuous marriage became an inspiration for much of his work. They were young celebrities of the roaring 20s but Fitzgerald wanted to be a great writer though his reputation as a playboy meant some people didn’t take him seriously
The Fitzgeralds went to France in the spring of 1924 to get away from all the hubbub, and he wrote ‘The Great Gatsby’ during the summer and autumn in Valescure near St. Raphael.
He died in December 1940 in Hollywood while working on ‘The Last Tycoon.’ Since then he has been granted his wish to be considered one of the leading writers of the twentieth century.
His novels in chronological order are: ‘This Side of Paradise’, ‘The Beautiful and Damned’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Tender is the Night’, ‘The Last Tycoon’.

The Great Gatsby

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