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The Great Gatsby (1925) - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby (1925) - F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Great Gatsby (1925) is a short novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald set in New York City and Long Island in the 1920s. It has often been seen as the epitome of American literature of the so-called "Jazz Age".

The novel was not popular when it was first published, selling less than 24,000 copies during Fitzgerald's lifetime. Largely forgotten during the Great Depression and World War II, it was republished in the 1950s and quickly found a wide readership. Over the following decades it emerged as a standard text in high school and university literature classes in the United States. It remains a consistent seller for its publisher, and is now often cited as one of the greatest English-language novels of the 20th century. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby [Oct 2004]

See also: modern - modernism - Jazz age - 1920s - 1925

Motif [...]

In literature, a motif is any recurring element that has symbolic significance. For example, it could be a thing, a place, or a statement. The green light in The Great Gatsby is a motif. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motif [Jul 2004]

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