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About F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (1896-1940), was the leading writer of America's Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, and one of its glittering heroes. The chief quality of Fitzgerald's talent was his ability to be both a leading participant in the high life he described, and a detached observer of it. Few readers saw the serious side of Fitzgerald, and he was not generally recognized as a gifted writer during his lifetime. While he lived, most readers considered his stories a chronicle and even a celebration of moral decline. But later readers realized that Fitzgerald's works have a deeper moral theme.


Great Gatsby, The, is a famous novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel, published in 1925, is a vivid portrait of the Jazz Age, a name given to the 1920’s in the United States. Fitzgerald was one of the first writers to use the term in his collection of stories Tales of the Jazz Age (1922).

Many reviewers disliked The Great Gatsby when it was first published, but critics and scholars have since recognized it as a classic of American literature. They have praised the novel as an exposure of wealthy American society during the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby examines the false glamour, moral emptiness, futility, and boredom that Fitzgerald saw in the period.

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Cosmopolis : 1914-1931 - NEW YORK (Available through TV4Education)

The Great Gatsby Movie (2013) (Available through TV4Education)