The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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One of the classics of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby is now available in a definitive, textually accurate edition. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers. But the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule. Subsequent printings introduced further departures from the author's words. This edition, based on the Cambridge critical text, restores all the language of Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Drawing on the manuscript and surviving proof of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections, this is the authorized text - The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it.
Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction 1953
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9780684801520
Branch Call Number: Fit
Characteristics: Paperback


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gordonma Jan 26, 2018

Recently, I saw a patron with a fresh Scribner’s paperback of The Great Gatsby, the early-'90s version with a yellow stripe on the cover that denoted that commentary by Matthew J. Bruccoli, the greatest expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published within.

As hundreds of reviews and essays have already been written of The Great Gatsby, by writers better than me—and naturally as it is the greatest American novel since Huckleberry Finn—this entry will not seek to outdo them.

Instead, this entry will seek to answer several common questions about this book and then provide some quotes about it by some famous people in order to enhance one’s reading of it.
Q: What is The Great Gatsby?
A: The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is poetic and enduring. It is without filler or waste.

Q: How does one go about reading it?
A: There are four stages in the development of one who reads The Great Gatsby:

1. No knowledge of the novel or of its author
2. Resistance and/or loathing of the author
3. Devotion
4. Admiration

Q: What is the novel about?
A: It’s open to interpretation, but to quote Matthew J. Bruccoli, The Great Gatsby is about “a poor boy who wants to be a great success and who wants to marry a rich girl and gets the two mixed up” (C-SPAN, 2002).

Q: What is significance of the green light?
A: Read the book.

Q: Who was driving the car that struck—?
A: Read the book!

Q: What does the novel have to do with American Dream?
A: The American Dream argues that American exceptionalism allows anyone to grow beyond one's inheritance, to rise from nothing to riches through hard work, idealism, and gusto in pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. Jay Gatsby is an exemplar of this dream.

Q: Who is the villain of the novel?
A: Jordan Baker, because she cheats at golf.

Q: Does the novel glorify wealth?
A: I’d argue that it is a critique of the immorality and decadence that can come with wealth.

Q: Which is the best film adaptation?
A: Out of all the surviving adaptations, Jack Clayton’s 1974 version with Robert Redford is the most faithful and rewarding.

Q: What is your favourite line(s) from the novel?
A: I own multiple versions but my favourite line is always the same: (Chapter Six) “Out of the corner of his eye Gatsby saw that the blocks of the sidewalk really formed a ladder and mounted to a secret place above the trees—he could climb to it, if he climbed alone, and once there he could suck on the pap of life, gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder” (pg. 110). And, then the next entire paragraph.

Q: Why was the novel considered a failure?
A: Sales did not match or exceed that of Fitzgerald’s first two novels during his life.

Q: How does Gatsby compare to the rest of Fitzgerald’s oeuvre?
A: It was his finest complete novel, and all in under 50,000 words. Fitzgerald’s pre-Gatsby writings were contemporary pop stories. Tender Is the Night was a psychological study. The Last Tycoon was Fitzgerald’s return to form.
Quotes about The Great Gatsby:

J. D. Salinger: It “was my ‘Tom Sawyer’ when I was twelve” (via Buddy Glass in “Zooey”).

Ernest Hemingway: “(Y)ou would never know how very good it was, except that he had the shyness about it that all non-conceited writers have when they have done something very fine” (in A Moveable Feast).

Richard Yates: It’s “the most nourishing novel I read” (NYTBR, 1981).

Joan Didion: “It’s one of the three perfect books I go back to” (src: Scott Donaldson).

Vladimir Nabokov: “Tender is the Night, magnificent; The Great Gatsby, terrible” (src: Brian Boyd).

Adam Gopnik: “‘In American writing, there are three perfect books, which seem to speak to every reader and condition: ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ ‘The Great Gatsby,’ and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ (New Yorker, 2010).

Jan 21, 2018

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.

Nov 14, 2017

Although I have read this one before (or at least I think I remember reading it in High School), I thought I would grab it again. And not only grab the book, but grab the audiobook. You see, the hubby and I were going to Las Vegas for a couple races (the Rock 'N' Roll 5K and Half Marathon) and I wanted something to listen to on the drive there and back. This is a short book so I figured it'd be perfect length for one way. I really enjoyed the story and seeing how everyone was interconnected. Some of it is a little "old-timey", but I still like it. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

Oct 17, 2017

So it took me what seems like forever to finish The Great Gatsby despite it not being a lengthy book whatsoever. This had more to do with me choosing to do other things besides spending the time to actually read it; but eventually I got back on the horse and did it.

I have to be honest and share that I didn't begin to remotely enjoy this story until after the first 40 pages or so. It definitely reads like a stage play set during the early 1900s based on the melodramatic characters within the story. I personally don't feel like the story is all that great; and I have a feeling that I'd enjoy the film more. Still, I'm glad that I finally read this American classic even though I don't think I'll ever read another novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Sep 15, 2017

It is a must read. Very short but an excellent story by Fitzgerald. One of his best books. Read it.

Sep 11, 2017

An interesting novella with well done characterizations, tight plot and melancholic universal themes. Worth reading if you haven't read this classic.

Aug 10, 2017

The Great Gatsby is a classic that sets against the backdrop of a morally decaying society in the 1920s of America. Through individual dreams and aspirations, the story illustrates the distortion of the American Dream, wherein the pursuit of happiness has turned into a pursuit of the riches, leading people down the road of materialism and reckless behaviour. Although the society exemplifies selfishness, corruptness and arrogance, there exist a few people who never-endingly stand by their honesty, ideals, and hope. To develop the central themes of the story, Fitzgerald has effectively used a variety of motifs and symbols including colours and geography. Written with intoxicating sophistication, The Great Gatsby is an insight on the tensions between different social classes, and the influence of a person's dreams on his/her future.
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Great Gatsby is the American classic that captures the height of the roaring 20’s and depicts the distortion desire can create when a person’s dream is too great to become a reality. The main themes of the novel are amazing and the time period of the novel perfectly sets the tone for the message of the book by showing the darker side of the American upper-class. Plot, pacing and characters were beautifully written, all three aspects being very well done. There wasn’t a lot in terms of character development if memory serves, but some characters worked well in the plot because of their lack of character development. Overall, the book is a timeless classic that is a definite must-read. 5/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nick Carraway goes to NYC pursuing the American dream. The future writer happens to be neighbors to a millionaire, becoming entangled within the lives of the wealthy and being invited to Jay Gatsby's, the millionaire, prestigious and famous parties. Set in the roaring 20's, this is considered an American literary classic, I liked it for all the clever wit and the critical view of how the average Joe is just drooling to be a part of the elites.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 14, 2017

The characters in this story are classic, which is what has made it live on for so many years.

Jul 04, 2017

I loved how the book started with nick's opening statement that showed the type of person Nick was.I also loved how Fitzgerald explained the characters and how he showed how passionate Gatsby was for Daisy.Also how detailed everything was, for example :"On Sunday morning while church bells rang in the villages alongshore, the world and its mistress returned to Gatsby's house and twinkled hilariously on his lawn."
overall The Great Gatsby was a great book.

May 08, 2017

This is a well written book with well developed characters.

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a_pitts Jul 05, 2017

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Jun 13, 2016

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning -

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Jun 05, 2016

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

Aug 29, 2015

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

Jun 10, 2015

"You can still see that green light.."

Laura_X May 15, 2015

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

ilowelife Mar 28, 2014

Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs, and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, and so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face.

nicolajruiz Feb 25, 2014

A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea.

2pod Feb 14, 2014

unjustly accused of being

ericnorcross Sep 22, 2013

Most of the big shore places are closed now, and there are hardly any lights except the shadowy moving glow of a ferry boat across the sound. As the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away, until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailor's eyes. A fresh green breast of the new world. It's vanished trees, the trees that made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams and for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood 'nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

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Feb 17, 2017

Other: Alcohol and smoking. This happened in the 20s

Feb 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Cheating, kissing, dating

Feb 17, 2017

Coarse Language: Infrequent. No s word and f word. Just damn, hell, son of bitch

Apr 21, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual innuendos

Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Car accidents, violence, murder

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

Mar 04, 2013

Sexual Content: Obviously because this book is about the jazz age, there is some sexual content as well as some drinking.

Jan 08, 2012

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

Nov 24, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Apr 21, 2016

Nick the narrator lives next door to Jay Gatsby who is a rich man living in an elaborate house. Throwing many parties with many guests. He is infatuated with a woman named Daisy which motivates many of his decisions.

Jun 10, 2015

I man falls in love and after many years, the woman he loves has been married and has a daughter. Her cousin is a middle man in the relationship to help them sneak around behind the husbands back.

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Nick lives next door to a mysterious man named Gatsby, who throws parties. Nick becomes friends with him and learns that he is in love with Daisy.

Tom is suspicious of this, and he tries to prove that Gatsby is not who he seems. Daisy says that she will leave Tom for Gatsby.
Daisy then refuses to leave Tom for him, and makes him drive her home. Daisy is at the wheel when the car hits someone- coincidentally, Myrtle Wilson, Tom's other woman.

Mr. Wilson discovers his wife's affair, and asks around about the car that hit her . So, thinking that Gatsby hit her, Mr. Wilson goes to Gatsby's house and shoots him, and then shoots himself.

Gatsby dies alone, because no one shows up to his funeral except for Nick and his father.

JODI ARONOFF Jun 25, 2012

The Great Gatsby , F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.


tt14 Jun 18, 2012

This book was so fun and crazy at the same time. Got to check it out.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Poor officer Gatsby falls in love with flighty Daisy, but while he is away overseas she marries another man. He returns years later as a mysterious millionaire and tries to win her back.

Nov 24, 2008

“The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time where gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."

heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

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