Penguin Essentials The Great Gatsby

May 17, 2011|
Penguin Essentials The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby is a dazzling social satire, F. Scott Fitzgerald''s masterpiece and a milestone in twentieth-century literature, now beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.

''There was music from my neighbour''s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.''

Everybody who is anybody is seen at the glittering parties held in millionaire Jay Gatsby''s mansion in West Egg, east of New York. The riotous throng congregates in his sumptuous garden, coolly debating Gatsby''s origins and mysterious past. None of the frivolous socialites understands him and among various rumours is the conviction that ''he killed a man''. A detached onlooker, Gatsby is oblivious to the speculation he creates, but always seems to be watching and waiting, though no one knows what for.

As the tragic story unfolds, Gatsby''s destructive dreams and passions are revealed, leading to disturbing consequences. A brilliant evocation of 1920s high society, The Great Gatsby peels away the layers of this glamorous world to display the coldness and cruelty at its heart.

''Not only a page-turner and a heartbreaker, it''s one of the most quintessentially American novels
ever written'' Time

''He (F Scott Fitzgerald) was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a
"generation"'' New York Times

''The most perfectly crafted work of fiction to have come out of America'' Professor Tony Tanner

''The American masterwork, the finest work of fiction by any of this country''s writers'' Washington Post

Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and educated at Princeton. Stationed in Alabama, he met and later married Zelda Sayre. His first novel, This Side of Paradise published in 1920, was a tremendous critical and commercial success. Fitzgerald followed with The Beautiful and the Damned in 1922, The Great G...
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Title:Penguin Essentials The Great Gatsby
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Product dimensions:176 pages, 7.1 X 4.34 X 0.53 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 7.1 X 4.34 X 0.53 in
Published:May 17, 2011
Publisher:Penguin Uk
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780241951477

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