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The Great Gatsby (Penguin Critical Studies Guide) [Paperback]

By Kathleen Parkinson, Leon E. Parson (Illustrator), Tom Lynch (Illustrator), World Wide Fund for Nature (Corporate Author), V. Arienti (Contributor) & Nora Osganian
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 25, 2003
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0140771972  
EAN  9780140771978  


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Kathleen Parkinson places this brilliant and bitter satire on the moral failure of the jazz age firmly in the context of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and times. She explores the intricate patterns of the novel, its chronology, locations, imagery and use of colour, and how these contribute to a seamless interplay of social comedy and symbolic landscape. She devotes a perceptive chapter to F. Scott Fitzgerald's controversial portrayal of women and goes on to discuss how the central characters, Gatsby and Nick Carraway, embody and confront the dualism inherent in the American Dream.

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Kathleen Parkinson places this brilliant and bitter satire on the moral failure of the jazz age firmly in the context of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and times. She explores the intricate patterns of the novel, its chronology, locations, imagery and use of colour, and how these contribute to a seamless interplay of social comedy and symbolic landscape. She devotes a perceptive chapter to F. Scott Fitzgerald's controversial portrayal of women and goes on to discuss how the central characters, Gatsby and Nick Carraway, embody and confront the dualism inherent in the American Dream.

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More About Kathleen Parkinson, Leon E. Parson, Tom Lynch, World Wide Fund for Nature , V. Arienti & Nora Osganian

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University which he left in 1917 to join the army. Fitzgerald was said to have epitomised the Jazz Age, an age inhabited by a generation he defined as 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their destructive relationship and her subsequent mental breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work): six volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces. Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a -generation- ... he might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 and died in 1940.

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More Used Than Advertised  Feb 6, 2010
This item came from one of this site's third party vendors. That vendor claimed the book was in Good condition. Obviously there is a broad definition of the word Good. This book should have been rated fair to poor. At least it had all the pages, but there is writing in the book, highlighting, stained pages (water spill?) and other detractors. On the back cover it even said Very Good, I only hope they meant the story and not the condition.

So beware of purchasing used books from some of these vendors, they use condition descriptions very loosly.
 
Warning: Not the real book, just a commentary  Jan 20, 2010
I thought this was the real Great Gatsby book with additional commentary, but it is primarily a commentary with little of the original text.
This version does not include the complete text of the book like some of the other editions do.


The commentary is okay, but not as helpful as some other study guides.
 
One of the Great Stories of its Era  Oct 18, 2009
I reread this recently and loved it so much more than when I had to read it in high school. Fitzgerald's humor is so much more subtle than most humor writer's today and the funny lines are tucked between such beautifully crafted prose. The story is so simple - basically just describes a few parties at a mysterious Gatsby's mansion - but the humor and just enough foreshadowing keep you wanting to move forward. His observations of the young rich would fit in almost perfectly today. Inspired me to get back to writing my own book!

By Jaimal Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha
 
E'gads Gatsby  Jun 26, 2009
Well written and researched book on the Great Gatsby by an insightful and thoughtful scholar. I found it interesting to see her take on a major, popular, male American author during an intriguing time of change in American society. For the Gatsby afficcionando, the Fitzgerald student, as well as the individual interested in American social thought post WWI, will find this study, particularly since it is done from a British viewpoint, a valuable perspective. Many insightful footnotes and asides. References are made to Penguin's edition of the Great Gatsby but it is not necessary to have this edition. For the general reader who wishes more understanding about this tremendous novel I suggest Kathleen Parkinson's fine study an important companion.
 
One of the worst of the so called "classics"  Apr 23, 2009
This book should be pulled from high school curriculum as it really has no redeeming value. Basically if the Fitzgerald name was not associated with it, it would be out of print today.
Who really wants to read about a bunch of rich whiners from the Jazz era who smoke and drink too much, have extramarital affairs which result in murder all while using every large word in Websters dictionary to add color to a very unsuccessful writers attempt at literature.
Please note that Mr. Fitzgerald's fame was very short lived.
Is this really the content we want our young people to become motivated by?
Teachers like to use it because curriculum is easy to find and they don't have to really do any real work in creating lesson plans.
 

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