In a single, engaging volume, The Great Gatsby presents a helpful literary guide to one of America’s most prized classic novels. First published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby captured the spirit of the Jazz Age and examined the American obsession with love, wealth, material objects, and class. Considered one of the great novels of the 20th century, Fitzgerald’s famous work remains relevant for its observations on the pursuit of the American dream.
- An introduction by renowned critic Harold Bloom considers the significance
of The Great Gatsby
- A brief biographical sketch offers insight into Fitzgerald's life
- "The Story Behind the Story" details the circumstances surrounding the inception and development of the work
- A summary with analysis review explains key points of the work
- Selections from critical essays written by leading scholars provide accessible explorations of the work
- Annotated bibliographies direct readers to additional materials on the subject and explain the importance of each.
Biographical sketch. The story behind the story. List of characters. Summary and analysis. Critical views. Annotated bibliography. Contributors. Acknowledgments. Index.
About the Author(s)
Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Educated at Cornell and Yale universities, he is the author of 30 books, including Shelley's Mythmaking (1959), The Visionary Company (1961), Blake's Apocalypse (1963), Yeats (1970), A Map of Misreading (1975), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975), Agon: Toward a Theory of Revisionism (1982), The American Religion (1992), The Western Canon (1994), Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection (1996), and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), a 1998 National Book Award finalist. The Anxiety of Influence (1973) sets forth Professor Bloom's provocative theory of the literary relationships between the great writers and their predecessors. His most recent books include How to Read and Why (2000), Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds (2002), Hamlet: Poem Unlimited (2003), Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? (2004), and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine (2005). In addition, he is the author of hundreds of articles, reviews, and editorial introductions. In 1999, Professor Bloom received the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Criticism. He has also received the International Prize of Catalonia, the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico, and the Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial Prize of Denmark.