Understanding the Great Gatsby: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

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Today, more than 70 years after its publication, The Great Gatsby seems as fresh and pertinent to American life as it did in the 1920s. The social, cultural, and historical milieu of the 1920s reflected in its pages is not so very different from our own. This interdisciplinary collection of commentary and rich collateral materials will enrich the reader's understanding of those times and their influence on Fitzgerald's novel. The authors have included a wide variety of primary documents that capture the flavor of the era and its notorious and flamboyant players. Included are newspaper stories, first person accounts, and congressional testimony from the scandals of the 1920s. These materials bring to life the World Series scandal, the Teapot Dome scandal, gangsters and nightclub personalities like Texas Guinan who defied Prohibition, and the daring young women of the flapper age.

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