The Great Gatsby AO5

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    • Mencken
      • TGG was an "obviously unimportant" story
        • Fitzgerald "does not go below the surface."
      • 'nothing more than a glorified anecdote'
    • Ralph Coghlan
      • 'its author seems a bit bored and tired and cynical'
    • Margaret Marshall
      • He described Fitzgerald as a failure
      • He remarked that Gatsby was 'enduring'
    • John Berryman
      • 'a masterpiece'
    • 1960 Arthur Mizener
      • “It is probably safe now to say that it is a classic of twentieth-century American fiction.”
    • St. Louis Dispatch
      • 'a minor performance'
    • 1945 Lionel Trilling
      • 'Gatsby, divided between power and dream, comes inevitably to stand for America itself'
    • Edwin Clark
      • "a curious book, a mystical, glamorous story of today,"
    • Lillian Ford
      • TGG is 'a revelation of life"'
    • Harvey Eagleton
      • "One finishes Great Gatsby, with a feeling of regret, not for the fate of the people in the book, but for Mr. Fitzgerald."
    • The New York Herald
      • The review's title was 'a dud'
    • Fitzgerald
      • 'no one had the slightest idea what this book was about'
      • 'The rich are different to you and me'
    • 1974 TGG film (directed by Jack Clayton)
      • 'rich girls don't marry poor boys Jay Gatsby'
    • Richard Godden
      • Nick 'goes on holiday to the East......only to return articulate, chastened and less wise'
      • Gatsby loves Daisy because she is his point of access to a dominant class'
      • 'Daisy's task is to display manifest consumption and manifest leisure'
      • Gatsby 'is by origin tied to the exploited class from among whom he has risen'
      • Daisy 'perceves Gatsby mirrored in wealth, and forgets him'
      • For Gatsby to 'be loved by Daisy he would have to bid for her in the open market'
      • 'The bdouble death secures Buchanan's grip on the lesire class'
    • Scott Donaldson
      • TGG is 'a cautionary tale'
    • Harold Bloom
      • 'the book could be interpreted as a shw of the Roaring 20s'
    • Guy Reynolds
      • 'dizzying, narcissistic wealth and its sudden corruption'
      • 'a world of insistent modernity and technological innovation'


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