In a very real sense, F. Scott Fitzgerald had immersed himself in the life and culture of his time. He lived the life...
- Roaring 20's
- A time of prosperity
- The Great War--World War I
- The Jazz Age: flappers, Jazz music and parties!
And, it was much of that real-life drama that he used to create his greatest novels.
But, he also transformed the world around him into social commentary, with a transcendence and universality beyond what he had achieved in his previous texts. He wanted to create something greater, with this work: a "purely creative work — not trashy imaginings as in my stories but the sustained imagination of a sincere and yet radiant world" (as he told Maxwell Perkins, his editor--according to Zachary Leader).