25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Great Gatsby’

Thought Catalog

1. In its initial publication, the novel received mixed reviews. Although championed by The New York Times, noted essayist and critic H.L. Mencken called it a “glorified anecdote” and others felt it to be a “minor” work and a comedown after The Beautiful and the Damned and This Side of Paradise. The New York Evening World claimed that Gatsby debunked the idea that Fitzgerald was one of the great writers of his generation.

2. The book was also a commercial flop. At the time of his death in 1940, Fitzgerald claimed to have made just $4,000 off the novel, believing that because of the strong cult of female readership in the era, the lack of a strong (or even remotely likable) female protagonist left the audience cold. (Others now blame the wealth of its characters in contrast to the hard economic times for most readers.) Fitzgerald worried that…

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