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The Great Gatsby resources

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. O.U.P., 1998

F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Edmund Wilson ed. The Crack Up. New Directions, first published 1931

Malcolm Bradbury & David Palmer eds. The American Novel and the Nineteen Twenties. Edward Arnold,Stratford-upon-Avon Studies, 1971

Matthew Bruccoli ed. New Essays on The Great Gatsby. Cambridge University Press, 1985

Jim Cullen, The American Dream: A Short History of An Idea that Shaped a Nation. OUP, 2003

Susan Currell. American Culture in the 1920s. Edinburgh University Press, 2009

Ann Douglas, Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s, Picador, 1995

Ruth Prigozy. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Penguin Illustrated Lives, 2001

Leo Marx. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America. O.U.P., 1964

Peter Townsend. Jazz in American Culture. BAAS paperbacks. Edinburgh University Press, 2000



Bert Bender, “‘His Mind Aglow’: the Biological Undercurrent in Fitzgerald’s Gatsby and Other Works,” in Journal of American Studies, 32 (1998), 3, 399-420

Susan Hegeman, “Taking Blondes Seriously,” American Literary History, 7, 3 (Fall 1995), 535-54

Frances Kerr, “Feeling ‘Half-Feminine’: Modernism and the Politics of Emotion in the Great Gatsby,” American Literature, 68, 2, (June 1996), 405-31

Laura Barrett, “‘Material without Being Real’: Photography and the End of Reality in the Great Gatsby,” Studies in the Novel, 30, 4, (Winter 1998), 540-57

Jeffory A. Clymer, “‘Mr Nobody from Nowhere’: Rudolph Valentino, Jay Gatsby, and the End of the American Race,” Genre, 29, 1-2, (Spring-Summer 1996), 161-92

Tony Tanner, “Introduction” to the Penguin edition of the novel.  

Some Relevant Chapters in the Secondary Reading

“The American City.” in Campbell & Kean. American Cultural Studies.

“Identity & Belief,” & “Popular Music,” in Mitchell & Maidment. the United States in the Twentieth Century: Culture.

“The Twenties,” in Bradbury & Temperley. Introduction to American Studies.

“Prosperity and Depression 1920-1940.” in Carroll & Noble. The Free and the Unfree.

“Outland Darts and Homemade Worlds.” in Ruland & Bradbury. From Puritanism to Postmodernism.

The Great Gatsby, glamour on the turn.’ in Richard Godden. Fictions of Capital: The American Novel from James to Mailer, CUP 1990.


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