F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel and an established classic of modern American literature. Gatsby himself has become a symbol of the American dream, in all its grandeur and vulgarity, and the novel of which he is the protagonist has become a major example of accessible Modernist writing; it combines the readability of nineteenth-century fiction with something of the intricacy of language and structure which characterizes the texts of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. The fusion of tradition and innovation in Gatsby is summed up in two celebrated responses which it aroused: Gertrude Stein wrote to Fitzgerald that his novel was “creating the contemporary world much as Thackeray did h…

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Citation:
Tredell, Nicolas. "The Great Gatsby". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2006
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