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Title:
Understanding The great Gatsby : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents
Author:
Gross, Dalton, 1936-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
1. Literary analysis: what makes The great Gatsby great -- 2. Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald: intertwining of life and work -- 3. Why be honest: the scandals of the 1920s -- 4. Woman question: changes during the 1920s -- 5. Why not be rich: money in the 1920s -- 6. Great Gatsby then and now.
Reading Level:
1240 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780313300974
Format :
Book

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Summary

Today, more than 70 years after its publication, The Great Gatsby seems as fresh and pertinent to American life as it did in the 1920s. The social, cultural, and historical milieu of the 1920s reflected in its pages is not so very different from our own. This interdisciplinary collection of commentary and rich collateral materials will enrich the reader's understanding of those times and their influence on Fitzgerald's novel. The authors have included a wide variety of primary documents that capture the flavor of the era and its notorious and flamboyant players. Included are newspaper stories, first person accounts, and congressional testimony from the scandals of the 1920s.

Most of the documents included in this text are available in no other printed form. A chapter on the writing of the novel illuminates Fitzgerald's relationship to the literature of the 1920s. Chapters discuss the following topics: the scandals of the 1920s, The Woman Question, the rich in the 1920s, and the novel then and now. Each section of the casebook contains study questions, topics for research papers and class discussion, and lists of further reading for examining the themes and issues raised by the novel. This is the ideal student and teacher companion for understanding the novel in its historical, social and cultural context.


Author Notes

DALTON GROSS is Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University. He has a special interest in the literary and social milieu of the United States in the 1920s. With MaryJean Gross he has contributed twelve biographies to American National Biography (forthcoming), seven to the Encyclopedia of American Literature (forthcoming), and articles on The Great Gatsby in Notes and Queries and The Explicator .

MARYJEAN GROSS is Assistant Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University. She has a special interest in the history of the novel, with emphasis on nineteenth-century British fiction. With Dalton Gross, she has contributed twelve biographies to American National Biography (forthcoming), and seven to the Encyclopedia of American Literature (forthcoming), and articles on The Great Gatsby in Notes and Queries and The Explicator .


Table of Contents

Heywood BrounJames CrusinberryJames CrusinberryJames CrusinberryHelen Christine BennettG. Stanley HallSamuel Crowther
Introductionp. xi
1. Literary Analysis: What Makes The Great Gatsby Greatp. 1
2. The Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald: Intertwining of Life and Workp. 17
from "Our New Novelists of the 'Early Twenties'" (1920)p. 26
from "Books" (1920)p. 28
from Notice of This Side of Paradise (1921)p. 31
3. Why Be Honest? The Scandals of the 1920sp. 35
from "Rosenthal Shot and Killed in Gambler's War" (1912)p. 40
from "Gambler Who Defied Police Is Shot Dead" (1912)p. 45
from "Court to Hear Plea to Void Indictment of M'Manus Today" (1929)p. 49
from "M'Manus Acquitted by Order of Court of Killing Rothstein" (1929)p. 55
from "Five White Sox Men Involved, Hoyne Aid Says" (1920)p. 58
from "Plan Probe of Cohan-Tennes Losses on Sox" (1920)p. 63
from "'Benton Confessed Winning $1,500 on Wire Tip'--Herzog" (1920)p. 66
from "Inside Story of Plot to Buy World's Series" (1920)p. 67
from "First Evidence of Money Paid to Sox Bared" (1920)p. 71
from "Sox Suspected by Comiskey during Series" (1920)p. 73
from "Grand Jury to Hear 'Mystery' Woman's Story" (1920)p. 76
from The Testimony of Edward L. Doheny before the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Lands and Surveys (1924)p. 81
from "Texas Guinan Jailed in Dry Raid on Club" (1927)p. 94
from "Texas Guinan Held in Cell Nine Hours" (1927)p. 95
from "Padlock Ordered for the 300 Club" (1927)p. 96
from "Texas Guinan Disappoints" (1927)p. 98
from "Texas Guinan Freed in Bail" (1927)p. 98
from "Texas Guinan's Club Closed for Six Months" (1927)p. 99
from "Guinan Hearing Delayed" (1927)p. 99
from "Texas Guinan Held on Nuisance Charge" (1927)p. 100
from "Texas Free of One Charge" (1927)p. 101
from "Texas Guinan Freed on Liquor Charge" (1927)p. 102
4. The Woman Question: Changes during the 1920sp. 109
from "How a Girl Beat Leander at the Hero Game" (1926)p. 115
from "Does Business Give Women a Square Deal?" (1929)p. 118
from "Flapper Americana Novissima" (1922)p. 129
5. Why Not Be Rich? Money in the 1920sp. 149
from "Everybody Ought to Be Rich: An Interview with John J. Raskob" (1929)p. 155
from "Stocks Collapse in 16,410,030-Share Day" (1929)p. 163
6. The Great Gatsby Then and Nowp. 167
Indexp. 173

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