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Hey, Old Sport! Happy publishing day! It’s certain that The Great Gatsby has become a timeless classic that lives in the hearts of so many. We wanted to celebrate this special birthday by compiling our favorite quotes that bring out the best of these incredible characters.
1. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
2. “Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”
3. “Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.”
4. “It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.”
5. “A stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words.”
6. “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dreams must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.”
7. “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”
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Happy anniversary to The Great Gatsby! Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this seminal work was published on this day (April 10th) in 1925, at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald’s novel takes place in the fictional towns of West and East Egg in Long Island, centering around the mysterious billionaire Jay Gatsby as told from the point of view of character Nick Carraway. The novel’s themes harshly critique the decadence of the American lifestyle, deconstructing idealism, social upheaval, hedonism, and resistance to change to reveal Gatsby’s story to be more tragic than aspirational, a cautionary tale about the American Dream itself. Masterfully written, the novel is considered a classic today for its themes, intimate portrait of the characters, and flowing prose.
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But the American dream was as elusive for Fitzergald as it is for Gatsby: initially, the author’s master work looked like more of a mistake. The book sold poorly upon its release and received mix to negative reviews. Fitzgerald himself died young in 1940, sadly believing that his book was a failure. Of course, the story wasn’t over, even if Fitzgerald’s was. The Great Gatsby received a resurgence in popularity during World War II and today is considered a contender for the Great American Novel. Doubtless you’ve read it in high school, and hopefully, you liked it.
Gatsby has been adapted several times, its most famous ones being two big screen movies in 1974 and 2013. The former starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow while the latter starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. Although both received mixed reviews, the latter was a massive box office success. Cheers to that!
Happy birthday, The Great Gatsby. We’ll send you off with an appropriate GIF…
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