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‘Gatsby’: What’s so great?

What’s so great about Gatsby? Well, let’s start with its track record.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 masterpiece “The Great Gatsby” began life as “Trimalchio in West Egg,” and was, for a short while, to be called “Under the Red White and Blue,” before Fitzgerald settled on the now iconic title. It got mixed reviews upon publication (though it was championed by T.S. Eliot and Edith Wharton) and only sold about 20,000 copies in its first year.

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