On this day in 1925, the seminal or “Great” American novel, The Great Gatsby was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald over the course of three years, the novel is considered to be an essential fixture of the canon of modern American Literature and to have captured the essence of an era: the roaring 1920s.
You may know that on May 10, just one month after the 88th anniversary of the novel’s publication, Warner Bros. is releasing into theaters a new adaptation, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan.
Personally, I’m not sure how Fitzgerald’s thoughtful and imagery-rich novel will translate to a loud and frenetic Baz Luhrmann film–think the first twenty minutes of Moulin Rouge–but I’m willing to pay the price of a ticket to find out.
Especially with how pretty the whole thing looks and with the killer soundtrack that’s apparently been lined up.
It looks pretty cool, right?
While you’re waiting for the release date, take a look at some other books about the roaring twenties that the library has to offer:
Morgan, Main- Teen