Maureen Corrigan On Why 'The Great Gatsby' Endures

October 15, 2014 12:04 PM

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Why, in a sentence, do you think The Great Gatsby endures? Gatsby endures because it's our most American and our most un-American novel at once: telling us the American Dream is a mirage, but doing so in such gorgeous language that it makes that dream irresistible.

According to your book, you weren’t exactly taken with Gatsby the first time around -- why was that? I first read Gatsby in high school and promptly decided that it was a boring novel about rich people with whom I couldn't "identify." I think in high school many of us are reading for clues about how...

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