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What inspired or influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald to write 'The Great Gatsby'?

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Question: What inspired or influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald to write 'The Great Gatsby'?
The Great Gatsby is one of the great American classics, but what inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald to write the book? Was he drawing details from his life, from his imagination, from what he witnessed around him? How well did he turn the rich fabric of material into a novel?
Answer:

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).

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