The Great Gatsby - How it was received.

Edwin Clark (1925)
"A curious book, a mystical, glamorous story of today"
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William Bennet (1925)
"The queer charm, colour, wonder and drama of a young and reckless world"
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Edwin Clark (1925)
"Fitzgerald discloses in these people [the book's characters] a means of spirit, carelessness and absence of loyalties. He cannot hate them, for they are dumb in their insensate selfishness"
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Fitzgerald (1923) [2 years prior to publication]
"I want to write something new - something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned"
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Jonathan Yardley (2007)
"Fitzgerald give us a meditation on some of this country's most central ideas... the quest for new life, the preoccupation with class, the hunger for riches"
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Kathryn Schulz (2013) (New York Magazine)
"I find Gatsby aesthetically overrated, psychologically vacant, and morally complacent; I think we kid ourselves about the lessons it contains."
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What was The New York Times’ headline for the review of Gatsby in 1925.
“Fitzgerald’s Latest A Dud”
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What did Fitzgerald write to his wife Zelda when the Great Gatsby was poorly received?
"My God, I am a forgotten man”
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How did his work become popular?
A massive initiative began during World War II to distribute over 110 million books to soldiers abroad that public opinion changed regarding the novel. The Great Gatsby was one of the novels chosen. Then become huge success.
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William Bennet (1925)

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