The Great Gatsby: An Iconic Story

For Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby is very relevant today: “[It’s a] great iconic story and if you think about it, it truly reveals the time we’re in. It might explain a bit of what we’ve been through. If you reread it now you’ll see how powerful and meaningful it is in this time.” After moviegoers have seen Luhrmann’s rather superficial and excessive interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, they may be interested to go back and read (or in some cases re-read) the original novel which is much better than the film. Young readers might purchase an e-book version, while adults might purchase a reasonably priced paperback. However, if you are a rare book collector, a first edition of The Great Gatsby with the original dust jacket (extremely rare for books of this age), published by Charles Scribner’s Sons (New York) in 1925, will require the deep pockets of the “old sport” himself (or of Leonardo DiCaprio who generally makes $20 million per film, excluding back-end and DVD deals) to afford the steep selling price: $300,000.

Read related post: The Meaning of the Ending of The Great Gatsby

For further reading: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner (2004)


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