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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Scribner | June 1, 1996 | Hardcover

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The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds'' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald''s sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald''s "best work" thus far. 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 remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of The Great Gatsby, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and authorized by the estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The first edition of The Great Gatsby contained many errors resulting from Fitzgerald''s extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule, and subsequent editions introduced further departures from the author''s intentions. This critical edition draws on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald''s later revisions and corrections, to restore the text to its original form. It is The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: June 1, 1996

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684830426

ISBN - 13: 9780684830421

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: June 1, 1996

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684830426

ISBN - 13: 9780684830421

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CHAPTER I In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were unsought—frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelle
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The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds'' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald''s sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald''s "best work" thus far. 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 remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of The Great Gatsby, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and authorized by the estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The first edition of The Great Gatsby contained many errors resulting from Fitzgerald''s extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule, and subsequent editions introduced further departures from the author''s intentions. This critical edition draws on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald''s later revisions and corrections, to restore the text to its original form. It is The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it.

About the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time between New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was hailed early on as a major new voice in American fiction; his other novels include The Beautiful and Damned and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon.

From Our Editors

The authorized text which restores all the language of Fitzgerald's 1920's classic story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

Editorial Reviews

James Dickey Now we have an American masterpiece in its final form: the original crystal has shaped itself into the true diamond. This is the novel as Fitzgerald wished it to be, and so it is what we have dreamed of, sleeping and waking
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