Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Contemporary American Literature)

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In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald produced his third novel, a slim work for which he had high expectations. Despite such hopes, the novel received mixed reviews and lackluster sales. Over the decades, however, the reputation of The Great Gatsby has grown and millions of copies have been sold. One of the bestselling novels of all time, it is also considered one of the most significant achievements in twentieth-century fiction. But what makes Gatsby great? Why do we still care about this book more than eighty-five years after it was published? And how does Gatsby help us make sense of our own lives and times?

In Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, Bob Batchelor explores the birth, life, and enduring influence of The Great Gatsby—from the book’s publication in 1925 through today’s headlines filled with celebrity intrigue, corporate greed, and a roller-coaster economy. A cultural historian, Batchelor explains why and how the novel has become part of the fiber of the American ethos and an important tool in helping readers to better comprehend their lives and the broader world around them.

A “biography” of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, this book examines The Great Gatsby’s evolution from a nearly-forgotten 1920s time capsule to a revered cultural touchstone. Batchelor explores how this embodiment of the American Dream has become an iconic part of our national folklore, how the central themes and ideas emerging from the book—from the fulfillment of the American Dream to the role of wealth in society—resonate with contemporary readers who struggle with similar uncertainties today. By exploring the timeless elements of reinvention, romanticism, and relentless pursuit of the unattainable, Batchelor confirms the novel’s status as “The Great American Novel” and, more importantly, explains to students, scholars, and fans alike what makes Gatsby so great.

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About the Author:

Bob Batchelor is James Pedas Professor of Communication and Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College. He is the author or editor of 26 books, including: The 1900s; The 1980s; The 2000s; and American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade (4 volumes), Cult Pop Culture (3 volumes) and John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013). He is founding editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal and on the Editorial Review Board of The Journal of Popular Culture. Batchelor edits the Contemporary American Literature series published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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"Poignant, penetrating, and persuasive! Bob Batchelor's keen reading of the cultural matrix underlying The Great Gatsby is must reading for anyone seriously interested in American literature in the 1920s. Gatsby is seminal reading for both the serious scholar and lay reader interested in America's richest literary period. The cultural insights and literary interpretations are overflowing in accessible prose."
   --  Phillip Sipiora, Professor of English and Film Studies, University of South Florida, and Editor, The Mailer Review

Bob Batchelor's book is both a powerhouse cultural history of The Great Gatsby and an impassioned plea for the importance of literature and the humanities in the digital era. He takes readers on a lively tour of America's on-going fascination with the novel, shedding light on core American ideologies and how literary texts like Gatsby become touchstones that both shape and reflect those values over time.
  -- Leigh H. Edwards, Florida State University, author of Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity

Bob Batchelor -- cultural historian, literary critic, media expert -- provides multi-layered interpretations of the many Gatsbys -- of and within the novel, film adaptations, popular perception, and within Fitzgerald himself -- that demonstrate how the novel is both of and beyond its time, and why the book, and literature, must continue to matter. Batchelor's Gatsby is not merely American but America itself.
    -- Jesse Kavadlo, Professor of English and Humanities Maryville University of St. Louis, author Don DeLillo: Balance at the Edge of Belief

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