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The Great Gatsby: Context
The Great Gatsby: Plot Summary
The Great Gatsby: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Great Gatsby: Themes
The Great Gatsby: Quotes
The Great Gatsby: Characters
The Great Gatsby: Symbols
The Great Gatsby: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Historical Context of The Great Gatsby
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- Full Title: The Great Gatsby
- Where Written: Paris and the US, in 1924
- When Published: 1925
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Novel
- Setting: Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan, New York in the summer of 1922
- Climax: The showdown between Gatsby and Tom over Daisy
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for The Great Gatsby
Puttin' on the Fitz. Fitzgerald spent most of his adult life in debt, often relying on loans from his publisher, and even his editor, Maxwell Perkins, in order to pay the bills. The money he made from his novels could not support the high-flying cosmopolitan life his wife desired, so Fitzgerald turned to more lucrative short story writing for magazines like Esquire. Fitzgerald spent his final three years writing screenplays in Hollywood.
Another Failed Screenwriter. Fitzgerald was an alcoholic and his wife Zelda suffered from serious mental illness. In the final years of their marriage as their debts piled up, Zelda stayed in a series of mental institutions on the East coast while Fitzgerald tried, and largely failed, to make money writing movie scripts in Hollywood.