Lobby card for the first screen adaption of The Great Gatsby (1926) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
88 years ago today one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written was published. I am speaking, of course, of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short novel The Great Gatsby.
The novel, set in 1922 Long Island, centers around the mystery and obsessive nature of one man, Jay Gatsby. He is in love with a rich woman named Daisy Buchanan, whom he met while he was in the service during World War I.
After a brief affair, Daisy dumped him because he did not have the money and security she felt she deserved. She chose to marry the rich and powerful Tom Buchanan instead.
Her marriage meant nothing to Jay Gatsby. He set out to do everything he could to win her affection. All the money he made, all the parties he threw, all the dreams he had—everything—was to impress her and make her fall in love with him. He even took the blame for the hit and run that killed Tom Buchanan’s mistress, Myrtle Wilson.
Nothing but having Daisy mattered to him. Even if it meant going to jail for a crime she committed. Continue reading
L-R: F. Scotty Fitz, his only child, a daughter, “Scottie”, and wife Zelda Sayre
In case you didn’t know by now, F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite author. Not only was he an amazing writer, but he was one of those figures in history that lived fast, died young(ish), and should have left a beautiful corpse (oh he was stunning to gawk at…even on bad hair days), but apparently the mortician didn’t do a very good job, slopping makeup everywhere. (Jerk!)
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary works are known the world over for their heartbreakingly beautiful descriptions of one of the fastest decades in the 20th century—the 1920s. And like most good writers, a lot of it (dare I say most of it) was based on his wild life with his wife Zelda Sayre. Continue reading
The cover of the first edition of The Great Gatsby (1925) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On April 10, 1925, one of the world’s greatest literary works was released—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
Fitzgerald began writing the novel in June 1922, but used most of the original material in his short story Absolution, which dealt with sin, guilt, and the imagination—things that every Catholic schoolboy can identify with.
Gatsby was near and dear to Fitzgerald’s heart. He wanted it to be perfect. So he worked feverishly for the next two and a half years to create something he knew would make him a legend in the literary world. Continue reading