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The Great Gatsby (Wisehouse Classics Edition) THE GREAT GATSBY is anovel 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 in the summer ofThe 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 the American Dream Fitzgerald inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island s north shore began planning the novel in , 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 inHis editor, Maxwell Perkins, felt the book was vague and persuaded 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 In its first year, the book sold only , copies Fitzgerald died in , believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and became a part of American high school curricula and numerous stage and film adaptations in the following decades Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title Great American Novel In , the Modern Library editorial board voted it the th century s best American novel and second best English language novel of the same time period

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