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Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald |  Grades: 11-12  |  Ages: 16  |  Lexile Level: 1010  

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Lesson Plans, Teacher Guide, Novel UnitAbout The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is the tale of Nick Carraway and his mysterious neighbor Jay Gatsby. Drawing Nick into the world of lavish parties that defined the roaring twenties, the charismatic millionaire Gatsby will stop at nothing and spare no expense to capture the heart of his beloved, Daisy, but in so doing sets in motion tragedy that will consume them all. 

A literary classic, The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel and was names as the second best novel of the twentieth century by The Modern Library. The Great Gatsby has been adapted for film, television, and the stage.  

A Biographical Note About F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera. Fitzgerald's materpieces include The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack at the age of forty-four.

Fitzgerald's fiction has secured his reputation as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.  

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