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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

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  • Thomas C.

    I am honored that I had a chance to host one of the most celebrated American novels of all time
    The group was lively and we had a great opportunity to analyze many facets of "The Great Gatsby."

    March 27, 2013

  • Debby M.

    Great fun -- my first time. Interesting and thought provoking discussion. Wish it lasted longer.

    March 27, 2013

  • Jonne

    Thanks for leading such a great discussion Thomas. Really enjoyed everyone's contributions on such a fine piece of American literature!

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am out of town

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm teaching an evening class for the next several months, so I won't be able to attend again until July.

    March 20, 2013

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