The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding theAmerican Dream. Fitzgerald—inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island's north shore—began planning the novel in 1920, desiring to produce, in his words, "something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." Progress was slow, with Fitzgerald completing his first draft following a move to the French Riviera after six months. His editor, Maxwell Perkins, felt the book was too vague and convinced the author to revise over the next winter. Fitzgerald was repeatedly ambivalent about the book's title and he considered a variety of alternatives, including titles that referenced the Roman character Trimalchio; the title he was last documented to have desired was Under the Red, White, and Blue.
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May 15, 2016
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Drama / American / General
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
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Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
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This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, Articles, Letters, Plays & Screenplays” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. Contents: Novels: The Great Gatsby The Side of Paradise Tender Is the Night The Beautiful and Damned The Love of the Last Tycoon Collections of Short Stories: Tales from the Jazz Age All the Sad Young Men The Pat Hobby Stories Taps at Reveille Flappers and Philosophers Plays and Screenplays: The Vegetable The Girl from Lazy J The Captured Shadow Coward Shadow Laurels Assorted Spirits Porcelain and Pink Three Comrades Mr. Icky “Send me in, Coach” Infidelity Poetry: First Love Clay Feet Football For a Long Illness Fragment Marching Streets (1919 version) Marching Streets (1945 version) Lamp in the Window Oh, Sister, Can you spare you heart Oh Misseldine’s Princeton – The Last Day The Staying up all night The Rope at Confession Thousand-and-First Ship Our April Letter One Southern Girl To Boath Rain Before Dawn Articles: The Claims of the Lit Contemporary Writers and Their Work Who’s Who — and Why “What I Was Advised to Do — and Didn’t” Some Stories They Like to Tell Again 10 Best Books I Have Read The Pampered Men How to Live on $36,000 a Year How to Live on Practically Nothing a Year How to Waste Material Princeton Ten Years in the Advertising Business Echoes of the Jazz Age My Lost City One Hundred False Starts Ring Sleeping and Waking My Ten Favorite Plays The Crack-up Pasting It Together Handle with Care Author’s House Afternoon of an Author Early Success Preface My Generation Letters To Zelda Fitzgerald To Ernest Hemingway To Frances Scott Fitzgerald To Maxwell Perkins To John Peale Bishop To Mrs Bayard Turnbull To Christian Gauss To Harold Ober To Mrs Richard Taylor To Edmund Wilson…
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a friend's copy of Tender Is the Night, "If you liked The Great Gatsby, for God's sake read this. Gatsby was a tour de force but this is a confession of faith." Set in the South of France in the decade after World War I, Tender Is the Night is the story of a brilliant and magnetic psychiatrist named Dick Diver; the bewitching, wealthy, and dangerously unstable mental patient, Nicole, who becomes his wife; and the beautiful, harrowing ten-year pas de deux they act out along the border between sanity and madness.
In Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald deliberately set out to write the most ambitious and far-reaching novel of his career, experimenting radically with narrative conventions of chronology and point of view and drawing on early breakthroughs in psychiatry to enrich his account of the makeup and breakdown of character and culture.
Tender Is the Night is also the most intensely, even painfully, autobiographical of Fitzgerald's novels; it smolders with a dark, bitter vitality because it is so utterly true. This account of a caring man who disintegrates under the twin strains of his wife's derangement and a lifestyle that gnaws away at his sense of moral values offers an authorial cri de coeur, while Dick Diver's downward spiral into alcoholic dissolution is an eerie portent of Fitzgerald's own fate.
F. Scott Fitzgerald literally put his soul into Tender Is the Night, and the novel's lack of commercial success upon its initial publication in 1934 shattered him. He would die six years later without having published another novel, and without knowing that Tender Is the Night would come to be seen as perhaps its author's most poignant masterpiece. In Mabel Dodge Luhan's words, it raised him to the heights of "a modern Orpheus."
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