A masterpiece of twentieth-century American literature by one of the greatest American writers ever -- the incomparable F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story of the self-made Jay Gatsby, who as a young army officer falls head over heels in love with the beautiful debutante Daisy. After he returns from service in Europe during the Great War, he discovers that Daisy has married the fabulously wealthy polo player Tom Buchanan. They become neighbors on Long Island's gold coast, and Gatsby tries to win back the love of his life, Daisy. He never realizes that the past is behind him, and that even though it seems as though winning her is so close he can almost reach out and touch it – like the light at the end of the Buchanan’s dock across the water - a future with Daisy only recedes before him.
“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards"--F. Scott Fitzgerald ”
F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist who was wildly popular and successful during his lifetime, although he spent money as fast as he could earn it. He labeled the 1920s the Jazz Age, and wrote numerous stories and novels about the times. A member of the class of 1917 at Princeton, he left before graduation to try to get into the Great War because he was afraid it would end before he could take part. He died at the age of 44 in 1940.