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The Great Gatsby

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the great American novels of the 20th Century, where inexplicably rich Jay Gatsby aims to win Daisy Buchanan from her millionaire husband.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss F Scott Fitzgerald’s finest novel, published in 1925, one of the great American novels of the twentieth century. It is told by Nick Carraway, neighbour and friend of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby. In the age of jazz and prohibition, Gatsby hosts lavish parties at his opulent home across the bay from Daisy Buchanan, in the hope she’ll attend one of them and they can be reunited. They were lovers as teenagers but she had given him up for a richer man who she soon married, and Gatsby is obsessed with winning her back.

The image above is of Robert Redford as Gatsby in a scene from the film 'The Great Gatsby', 1974.


Sarah Churchwell
Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London

Philip McGowan
Professor of American Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast


William Blazek
Associate Professor and Reader in American Literature at Liverpool Hope University

Produced by Simon Tillotson and Julia Johnson

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56 minutes

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Thu 14 Jan 2021 21:30


Sarah Churchwell at the University of London

William Blazek at Liverpool Hope University

Philip McGowan at Queen's University Belfast

F. Scott Fitzgerald Society

‘F. Scott Fitzgerald: That Sad Young Man’ by John C. Mosher - The New Yorker, 1926

‘The Serious Superficiality of The Great Gatsby’ by Joshua Rothman - The New Yorker, 2013

The Great Gatsby – Wikipedia


Ronald Berman, The Great Gatsby and Modern Times (University of Illinois Press, 1994)

Ronald Berman, The Great Gatsby and Fitzgerald’s World of Ideas (University of Alabama Press, 1997)

Harold Bloom (ed.), The Great Gatsby (Chelsea House, 2006)

J. Bryer and C. Barks (eds.), Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (Scribner, 2002)

Sarah Churchwell, Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (Virago Press, 2013)

Maureen Corrigan, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures (Little, Brown, 2014)

Kirk Curnutt, The Cambridge Introduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Scott Donaldson (ed.), Critical Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (G. K. Hall, 1984)

F. Scott Fitzgerald (ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli), A Life in Letters (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1994)

B. Mangum (ed.), F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Timo Müller (ed.), Handbook of the American Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (De Gruyter, 2017), especially ‘F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby’ by A. Gross


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