The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ranked # 2 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The Great Gatsby, by the American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published in 1925. The story takes place in New York City and Long Island in the 1920s. It has often been described as the epitome of the "Jazz Age" in American literature.
Fitzgerald's novel was not popular when it was first published, selling fewer than 24,000 copies during his lifetime. Largely forgotten
during the Great Depression and World War II, it was republished in the 1950s and quickly found a wide readership.
Over the following decades it emerged as a standard text in secondary school and university courses on literature in countries around the world. It is often cited as one of the greatest English-language novels of the 20th century.
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