The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1551117878

ISBN-13: 9781551117874

Pub. Date: 03/26/2007

Publisher: Broadview Press

The Great Gatsby is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of American fiction. It tells of the mysterious Jay Gatsby’s grand effort to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, the rich girl who embodies for him the promise of the American dream. Deeply romantic in its concern with self-making, ideal love, and the power of illusion, it draws on modernist

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The Great Gatsby is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of American fiction. It tells of the mysterious Jay Gatsby’s grand effort to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, the rich girl who embodies for him the promise of the American dream. Deeply romantic in its concern with self-making, ideal love, and the power of illusion, it draws on modernist techniques to capture the spirit of the materialistic, morally adrift, post-war era Fitzgerald dubbed “the jazz age.” Gatsby’s aspirations remain inseparable from the rhythms and possibilities suggested by modern consumer culture, popular song, the movies; his obstacles inseparable from contemporary American anxieties about social mobility, racial mongrelization, and the fate of Western civilization.

This Broadview edition sets the novel in context by providing readers with a critical introduction and crucial background material about the consumer culture in which Fitzgerald was immersed; about the spirit of the jazz age; and about racial discourse in the 1920s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551117874
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
03/26/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Great Gatsby

Appendix A: Fitzgerald’s Correspondence about The Great Gatsby (1922-25)

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews

  1. H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun (2 May 1925)
  2. William Rose Benét, Saturday Review of Literature (9 May 1925)
  3. William Curtis, Town & Country (15 May 1925)
  4. Carl Van Vechten, The Nation (20 May 1925)
  5. Gilbert Seldes, The Dial (August 1925)

Appendix C: Consumption, Class, and Selfhood: Eight Contemporary Advertisements

Appendix D: The Irreverent Spirit of the Jazz Age

  1. From F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Echoes of the Jazz Age” (1931)
  2. Duncan M. Poole, “The Great Jazz Trial” (1922)
  3. From H.L. Mencken, [“Five Years of Prohibition”] (1924)
  4. Zelda Fitzgerald, “What Became of the Flappers?” (1925)
  5. From Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Morals (1929)

Appendix E: Race and the National Culture, 1920-25

  1. From Lothrop Stoddard, The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy (1920)
  2. From Henry Ford, Jewish Influences in American Life (1921)
  3. From Frederick C. Howe, “The Alien” (1922)
  4. Miguel Covurrubias, “The Sheik of Dahomey” (illustration, 1924)

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