The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby – RRS

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald
Publication Date: 1925
Nationality: American

Author’s Birth/Death Date: September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940

Distinguishing Traits of Author: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was a popular author in the United States whose fame was at its peak in the 1920s, during the “Jazz Age.” He was born in St Paul, Minnesota to an affluent family. His social status led him to write novels associated with fame and fortune, such as The Great Gatsby. However, his fame began to dwindle in the 1930s, and became an alcoholic. His downfall also led to financial problems and disrupted his personal life. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack in 1940 before finishing his last novel. Ironically, he became famous once again after his death, and many still are intrigued by his legacy today.

Setting: The story takes place in Long Island, New York in the 1920s. The story is narrated by Nick Carraway, a young man who recently moved to New York and resides in the affluent neighborhood of West Egg. Many mansions with big lots surround the community. Carraway’s neighbor, Mr. Gatsby, is a mysterious figure what lives in a grandiose mansion compared to Carraway’s house, which he thought “was an eyesore” to the community (5). Carraway notices that Gatsby always has lavish parties, but never invites him or sees him. Across the water from West Egg is the community of East Egg, which is also an affluent…
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