Gatsby The Cultural History of the Great American Novel In F Scott Fitzgerald produced his third novel a slim work for which he had high expectations Despite such hopes the novel received mixed reviews and lackluster sales Over the decades however

  • Title: Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel
  • Author: Bob Batchelor
  • ISBN: 9780810891951
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1925, F Scott Fitzgerald produced his third novel, a slim work for which he had high expectations Despite such hopes, the novel received mixed reviews and lackluster sales Over the decades, however, the reputation of The Great Gatsby has grown and millions of copies have been sold One of the bestselling novels of all time, it is also considered one of the most signiIn 1925, F Scott Fitzgerald produced his third novel, a slim work for which he had high expectations Despite such hopes, the novel received mixed reviews and lackluster sales Over the decades, however, the reputation of The Great Gatsby has grown and millions of copies have been sold One of the bestselling novels of all time, it is also considered one of the most significant achievements in twentieth century fiction But what makes Gatsby great Why do we still care about this book than eighty five years after it was published And how does Gatsby help us make sense of our own lives and times In Gatsby The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, Bob Batchelor explores the birth, life, and enduring influence of The Great Gatsby from the book s publication in 1925 through today s headlines filled with celebrity intrigue, corporate greed, and a roller coaster economy A cultural historian, Batchelor explains why and how the novel has become part of the fiber of the American ethos and an important tool in helping readers to better comprehend their lives and the broader world around them A biography of F Scott Fitzgerald s masterpiece, this book examines The Great Gatsby s evolution from a nearly forgotten 1920s time capsule to a revered cultural touchstone Batchelor explores how this embodiment of the American Dream has become an iconic part of our national folklore, how the central themes and ideas emerging from the book from the fulfillment of the American Dream to the role of wealth in society resonate with contemporary readers who struggle with similar uncertainties today By exploring the timeless elements of reinvention, romanticism, and relentless pursuit of the unattainable, Batchelor confirms the novel s status as The Great American Novel and, importantly, explains to students, scholars, and fans alike what makes Gatsby so great.

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    About "Bob Batchelor"

    1. Bob Batchelor

      Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian and biographer His latest book is Stan Lee The Man Behind Marvel Rowman Littlefield, 2017 It is a full scale biography of the comic book icon that firmly establishes Lee s place as one of the most important creative figures in modern American history.Batchelor has written or edited than 25 books, including Mad Men A Cultural History 2016 Among his books are John Updike A Critical Biography 2013 and Gatsby The Cultural History of the Great American Novel 2014 He teaches in the Media, Journalism Film department at Miami University For information, visit bobbatchelor.

    690 thoughts on “Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel”


    1. This book was tough to rate, because the content was excellent, but the writing was the most uneven I think I've ever seen in a scholarly work of nonfiction. Parts were fine, as if the central parts of the chapters had been previously published (and heavily edited) as journal articles, maybe? But the intro and conclusion to each chapter, and all the "From my perspective" bits in the author's voice were just horrifically written - like bad essays turned in by 9th graders who have a foggy clue of [...]


    2. I don't love the 2013 movie version as much as this author and some of his thoughts were just too out there (Hemingway and Fitz having a homosexual episode? Um no). Other than that it was not a bad read. I love anything about Gatsby.


    3. This author took hundreds of pages to say basically nothing except that Fitzgerald was famous, the book is good and the movie (2013 version) is even better.


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