Happy 90th birthday, The Great Gatsby

The Los Angeles Times posted an op-ed piece by Meg Waite Clayton* today commemorating the 90th anniversary of The Great Gatsby. The history of the book and its interest to readers when it was first published is fascinating. It wasn’t well-received or reviewed. I reread The Great Gatsby a couple of years ago as an assignment for the novel revision workshop I attended. That it’s still taught in schools and still beloved in the film industry – three actors have played Gatsby (Alan Ladd, Robert Redford, and Leonardo DiCaprio) – is definitely contrary to its early reception. I loved rereading it. I loved the last film. I can never get enough of the “old sport.” So, I’ve decided to publish Ms. Clayton’s op-ed piece verbatim (fully acknowledging the Los Angeles Times and Meg Waite Clayton). I hope you find it as interesting as I did. Goes to show even famous authors have their ups and downs – and perhaps their so-called duds. Gatsby, literature's party animal, turns 90 By Meg Waite … [Read more...]

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