The Great Gatsby

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Book Facts

  • Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • First Published: 1925
  • Origin Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: Public Domain
  • Format: PDF

Book Description

During the life of the author F. Scott Fitzgerald, his masterpiece The Great Gatsby was seen to be of lower importance than his previous works by critics.

He died in 1940 believing that his greatest work was actually a failure, a decade or so later after the second world war the book was reexamined.

Critics for some reason only now saw the brilliance of The Great Gatsby and it started appearing on school curriculums in the Western world.

The book was written in 1924 and released in 1925, it was based upon the author’s own experiences dating a socialite as a youth.

Inside the book are many important messages that the writer tried to convey about society and how it looks upon class and how people make or inherit their riches.

Like many of the other novels written by Fitzgerald, this book attracted accusations of antisemitism due to its use of Jewish stereotypes.

Fitzgerald’s own secretary was Jewish and described the authors as being hurt by the allegations, saying that the description of the Jewish characters “fulfilled a function in the story and had nothing to do with race or religion”.

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