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The Great Gatsby.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott; Scribner III, Charles (itroduction).

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ISBN 10: 068416325X / ISBN 13: 9780684163253
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1980
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182 pages. Softcover. Reading copy. FICTION. The now classic portrait of the era of the Twenties. The portrayal of a young man and his tragic search for love and success. (Key Words: Modern American Novels, Love, Success, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1920s, The Great Gatsby, Roaring Twenties). Bookseller Inventory # 71741X1

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Title: The Great Gatsby.

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Fair

Edition: Scribner Classics Edition.

Book Type: book

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A young man, newly rich, tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact that she has married

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In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel's more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.

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