The Great Gatsby – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554814992 / 1554814995
  • 320 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Great Gatsby – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: December 15, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554814992 / 1554814995
  • 320 pages; 5½" x 8½"

The Great Gatsby is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of American fiction. It tells of the mysterious Jay Gatsby’s grand effort to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, the rich girl who embodies for him the promise of the American dream. Deeply romantic in its concern with self making, ideal love, and the power of illusion, it draws on modernist techniques to capture the spirit of the materialistic, morally adrift, post-war era that Fitzgerald dubbed “the jazz age.” Gatsby’s aspirations remain inseparable from the rhythms and possibilities suggested by modern consumer culture, popular song, and the movies, while his obstacles remain inseparable from contemporary American anxieties about social mobility, racial mongrelization, and the fate of Western civilization.

This Broadview edition sets the novel in context by providing readers with a critical introduction and crucial background material about the consumer culture in which Fitzgerald was immersed, the novel’s composition and reception, and the jazz age. The second edition has been updated throughout, with expanded writings on race and immigration in 1920s America from Anzia Yezierska, Alain Locke, and others.


“If The Great Gatsby is, at first glance, an alluring but relatively simple tale, it eventually settles on our consciousness as an almost miraculous dramatization of the essence of the American experience. No major American theme—be it the role of money, art, the quest for social justice, race, or our sense of our national destiny—escapes Fitzgerald’s prophetic gaze. This edition, strategically organized and invaluable from start to finish, is the virtually perfect guide to the depth and significance of his masterpiece.” — Arnold Rampersad, Stanford University

“Michael Nowlin’s edition of The Great Gatsby is educational and elegant. The generous footnotes are detailed yet unobtrusive, and the supplementary materials provide excellent context for what many consider The Great American Novel. The novel, and the world of the novel, are both available to you here, as inseparable as they were while Fitzgerald found inspiration and wrote.” — Anne Margaret Daniel, The New School

“Readers are indeed fortunate to have Michael Nowlin’s extremely useful edition of The Great Gatsby. Nowlin provides a wealth of ancillary materials that enhance our understanding and appreciation of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Throughout, Nowlin’s emphasis is on the quality, not quantity, of these materials; the result is a book that will be indispensable to students, teachers, and the casual reader alike.” — Jackson R. Bryer, University of Maryland

F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Great Gatsby

Appendix A: Fitzgerald’s Correspondence about The Great Gatsby (1922–25)

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews

  • 1. From Isabel Paterson, New York Herald Tribune Books (19 April 1925)
  • 2. From H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun (2 May 1925)
  • 3. From William Rose Benét, Saturday Review of Literature (9 May 1925)
  • 4. From William Curtis, Town & Country (15 May 1925)
  • 5. From Carl Van Vechten, The Nation (20 May 1925)
  • 6. From Burton Rascoe, Arts & Decoration (June 1925)
  • 7. Gilbert Seldes, The Dial (August 1925)

Appendix C: Class, Consumption, and Economy

  • 1. From Emily Post, Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home (1922)
  • 2. Eight Contemporary Advertisements
  • 3. From F. Scott Fitzgerald, “How to Live on $36,000 a Year,” Saturday Evening Post (5 April 1924)
  • 4. From Samuel Crowther, “Everybody Ought to Be Rich: An Interview with John J. Raskob,” Ladies’ Home Journal (August 1929)

Appendix D: The Irreverent Spirit of the Jazz Age

  • 1. From F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Echoes of the Jazz Age,” Scribner’s Magazine (November 1931)
  • 2. Duncan M. Poole, “The Great Jazz Trial,” Vanity Fair (June 1922)
  • 3. F.A. Austin, “The Bootlegger Speaks,” New York Times (16 April 1922)
  • 4. From H.L. Mencken, [“Five Years of Prohibition,”] American Mercury (December 1924)
  • 5. From Zelda Fitzgerald, “What Became of the Flappers?,” McCall’s (October 1925)
  • 6. From Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Morals (1929)

Appendix E: Race, Immigration, and the National Culture, 1920–25

  • 1. From Lothrop Stoddard, The Rising Tide of Color against White World-Supremacy (1920)
  • 2. From Henry Ford, Jewish Influences in American Life (1921)
  • 3. From Frederick C. Howe, “The Alien” (1922)
  • 4. From Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (1925)
  • 5. Alain Locke, from “The New Negro” (1925)
  • 6. From J.A. Rogers, “Jazz at Home” (1925)
  • 7. Miguel Covarrubias, “The Sheik of Dahomey” (illustration, December 1924)

Works Cited and Select Bibliography

Michael Nowlin is Professor of English at the University of Victoria. He is the author of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Racial Angles and the Business of Literary Greatness (2007) and Literary Ambition and the African American Novel (2019), and editor of Richard Wright in Context (2021) and the Broadview edition of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (2002).