The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Class of 1917


Critical Assessment “What gives the story distinction is something quite different from the management of the action or the handling of the characters; it is the charm and beauty of the writing. . . . “The story, for all its basic triviality, has a fine texture; a careful and brilliant finish. The obvious phrase is simply not in it. The sentences roll along smoothly, sparklingly, variously. There is evidence in every line of hard and intelligent effort. . . . “The Great Gatsby, I seem to recall, was announced a long while ago. It was probably several years on the stocks. [...]