Letters About Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald wroteThe Great Gatsby in 1922, and before it was published, he sent letters to people who gave him their opinion of it. You should have read the letters from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, and T.S. Eliot (pictured below)

YOUR TASK: Answer one of the questions below and explain your reasoning. This is an opinion, so there is no wrong answer, but consider it from Fitzgerald’s perspective.

QUESTION CHOICES: Choose One

#1 – Fitzgerald was sad that THE GREAT GATSBY was a failure upon its release. How do any of these letters make the fact that this book failed even more devastating?

#2 – Why is this book a big deal? It became a success after Fitzgerald’s death because of its connection to America as well as what all these authors are saying about it. Explain your answer.

#3 – Which letter do you believe F. Scott Fitzgerald was most happy/satisfied with himself to receive? Explain why you think what you think.

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4 responses to “Letters About Gatsby

  1. Question #3: I believe F Scott Fitzgerald was most happy with the letter from T.S Eliot because Elliot actually liked the book so much, that he read it three times. He even went as far as to say his book excited him more than any other new novel he has seen. Fitzgerald must be happy because other people might like it sine even Elliot had nothing terrible to say about the book.

  2. #3: F. Scott Fitzgerald was most satisfied with the letter from T. S Eliot because he gave him good feed back on his novel. Also when Eliot said that he read the book three time must have made him really happy.

  3. #2: this book is a big deal because not only does it show how one simple thing can change a persons entire life, every chose they make, but also it shows a matter of commitment and love. thats pretty much what america is made of.

  4. #1 – Fitzgerald was sad that THE GREAT GATSBY was a failure upon its release. How do any of these letters make the fact that this book failed even more devastating? THIS WAS DEVASTATING BECAUSE HE WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS BOOK FOR EVERYONE TO LIKE IT, BUT AS IT SEEMS NOT A LOT PEOPLE LIKED THE BOOK, WHAT MAKES IT WORSE, THE BOOK BLEW UP AFTER HE DEATH

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