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Fitzgerald’s ‘Radiant World’

A critical essay on The Great Gatsby from The New York Review of Books.

The Great Gatsby Reader's Guide

From the Big Read, this site provides an overviwe of The Great Gatsby. Discussions of the novel's historical context, information about the author, and discussion questions are also included.

American Icons: The Great Gatsby 

From Public Radio International and WNYC Radio's Studio 360, this podcast series explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and finds out how this compact novel became the great American story of our age.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary

From the University of South Carolina, this site provides information about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby. Information includes critial essays and articles, facts about Fitzgerald, film and video clips, and more.

The New Yoirker - "The Serious Superficiality of The Great Gatsby" by Joshua Rothman

Great Analyse of Gatsby: The real achievement of “Gatsby,” in other words, is that it shows us a state of mind. It’s a state of spiritual hunger and dissatisfaction, of restlessness and curiosity, of excitement and anticipation.

National Public Radio- How "Gatsby" went from a moldering flop to a great American novel

Audio from National Public Radio's  discussing the significant impact The Great Gatsby made on American culture.

 

Overview

F Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Great Gatsby (1925) is the quintessential tale of the American dream: the heightsa man may reach, the past he can discard, the joy he may (or may not) find, and the tragedy that living the dream may bring him. The novel is set in what Fitzgerald called the "Jazz Age," a period bridging the 1920s and 1930s, and emphasizes the life of pleasure and decadence after the tragedy and horror of World War I. Gatsby's American dream is essentially the "rags-to-riches" story about overcoming poverty and creating a life of pure luxury and indulgence; Fitzgerald's American dream is a dangerous, romantic myth.

Goldsmith, M. (2003).  White skin, white mask: Passing, posing, and performing in The Great Gatsby.  Modern Fiction Studies, 49(3) , 443-468. Retrieved from Gale Virtual Reference Library

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