Next Up: The Great Gatsby
If I could build a Mount Rushmore of novels, The Great Gatsby would be on it.
When I started the Time list in August 2010, The Great Gatsby was my favorite novel. But, if you’ve followed the blog for a while, you might have heard me mention that I was saving this book for later.
Well, now is later. I’ve been saving it for the halfway point, as a small reward to myself for getting this far. So, today, I begin Book #50: The Great Gatsby. I’ve read the novel four times, so this go-round will be my fifth read of the Fitzgerald classic.
I just love this novel. But there’s plenty of time for me to write about The Great Gatsby in the next few weeks. For now, let’s take a look at some quick facts about the novel and its author, F. Scott Fitzgerald:
- The Great Gatsby was published on April 10, 1925 by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
- The novel only sold 25,000 copies when it was released and never achieved commercial success until after Fitzgerald’s death in 1940. Gatsby has since sold millions of copies.
- The novel was originally named Trimalchio in West Egg before Fitzgerald, thankfully, changed it to The Great Gatsby.
- Fitzgerald’s first two novels, This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful And The Damned, were actually more commercially successful than Gatsby before 1940.
- Gatsby has been adapted to film, musical, television and about every other format possible—including the newest feature film starring Leo Dicaprio, set to come out next summer (more on this later).
- In addition to the Time list, The Great Gatsby was ranked #2 on The Modern Library’s list of 20th century novels.
- Fitzgerald passed away in 1940, at the age of 44, from a heart attack.
I’ll be giving this novel the same treatment I gave to The Grapes of Wrath by declaring that November 26-30 will be The Great Gatsby Week on 101 Books! All Gatsby. Every day.
There’s just so much to say about this novel, so many cool facts and stories, that it deserves its own week of posts. So look for that during the week after Thanksgiving.
If you can’t tell, I’m excited about digging back into Gatsby, even though I’ve already read the novel four times.
I hope you’ll enjoy the next few weeks on the blog, old sport.