36 Facts About The Great Gatsby


Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel by American writer F Scott Fitzgerald.

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The Great Gatsby submitted it to editor Maxwell Perkins, who persuaded Fitzgerald to revise the work over the following winter.

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The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary masterwork and a contender for the title of the Great American Novel.

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That evening, Nick sees The Great Gatsby standing alone on his lawn, staring at a green light across the bay.

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The Great Gatsby tries impressing Nick with tales of his war heroism and his Oxford days.

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Jordan reveals that The Great Gatsby and Daisy met around 1917 when The Great Gatsby was an officer in the American Expeditionary Forces.

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Tom reveals The Great Gatsby is a swindler whose money comes from bootlegging alcohol.

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Tom scornfully tells The Great Gatsby to drive her home, knowing that Daisy will never leave him.

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Later The Great Gatsby reveals to Nick that Daisy was driving the car, but that he intends to take the blame for the accident to protect her.

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The Great Gatsby longed to produce an exquisite work that was beautiful and intricately patterned, but the troubled production of his stage play The Vegetable repeatedly interrupted his progress.

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The Great Gatsby viewed these stories as all worthless, although included among them was "Winter Dreams", which Fitzgerald described as his first attempt at the Gatsby idea.

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Several Gold Coast mansions in the area served as inspiration for The Great Gatsby's estate including Land's End, Oheka Castle, and the since-demolished Beacon Towers.

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The Great Gatsby wished to eschew the realism of his previous two novels and to compose a creative work of sustained imagination.

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The Great Gatsby was particularly influenced by Cather's 1923 work, A Lost Lady, which features a wealthy married socialite pursued by a variety of romantic suitors and who symbolically embodies the American dream.

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The Great Gatsby later wrote a letter to Cather apologizing for any unintentional plagiarism.

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The Great Gatsby declined an offer of $10,000 for the serial rights to the book so that it could be published sooner.

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The Great Gatsby received a $3,939 advance in 1923 and would receive $1,981.

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Artwork for the first edition of The Great Gatsby is among the most celebrated in American literature and represents a unique instance in literary history in which a novel's commissioned artwork directly influenced the composition of the text.

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Great Gatsby received generally favorable reviews from literary critics of the day.

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The Great Gatsby despaired that "of all the reviews, even the most enthusiastic, not one had the slightest idea what the book was about".

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Full-length scholarly articles on Fitzgerald's works were being published in periodicals and, by the following year, the earlier consensus among professional critics that The Great Gatsby was merely a sensational story or a nostalgic period piece had effectively vanished.

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The Great Gatsby suggests Gatsby serves as a false prophet of the American dream, and pursuing the dream only results in dissatisfaction for those who chase it, owing to its unattainability.

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Besides exploring the difficulties of achieving the American dream, The Great Gatsby explores societal gender expectations during the Jazz Age.

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The Great Gatsby is the target first of Tom's callous domination and next of Gatsby's dehumanizing adoration.

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The Great Gatsby involuntarily becomes the holy grail at the center of Gatsby's unrealistic quest to be steadfast to a youthful concept of himself.

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The ensuing contest of wills between Tom and The Great Gatsby reduces Daisy to a trophy wife whose sole existence is to augment her possessor's socio-economic success.

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Years later, while drafting The Great Gatsby, rumors dogged Fitzgerald among the American expat community in Paris that he was gay.

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The Great Gatsby publicly belittled him with homophobic slurs, and she alleged that Fitzgerald and fellow writer Ernest Hemingway engaged in homosexual relations.

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Technological and environmental criticisms of The Great Gatsby seek to place the novel and its characters in a broader historical context.

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The Great Gatsby conveniently ignores the wasteful devastation of the valley of ashes to pursue a consumerist lifestyle and exacerbates the wealth gap that became increasingly salient in 1920s America.

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Great Gatsby has been accused of antisemitism because of its use of Jewish stereotypes.

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The Great Gatsby has been adapted for the stage multiple times since its publication.

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The Great Gatsby has been recast multiple times as a short-form television movie.

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In 1958, CBS filmed another adaptation as an episode of Playhouse 90, titled The Great Gatsby, which was directed by Franklin J Schaffner and starred Robert Ryan, Jeanne Crain and Rod Taylor.

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The Great Gatsby was directed by Robert Markowitz and starred Toby Stephens as Gatsby, Mira Sorvino as Daisy, and Paul Rudd as Nick.

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In 2011, developer Charlie Hoey and editor Pete Smith created an 8-bit-style online game of The Great Gatsby called The Great Gatsby for NES; in 2022, after the Adobe Flash end of life they adapted this game to an actual NES ROM file, which can be played on their website.

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