The Great Gatsby is a novel by the american author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922. The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the “roaring” 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers. After its republishing, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic. The Modern Library named it the second best novel of the 20th century.
The Great Gatsby has been filmed six times, and is being filmed for a seventh time. The narrator, Nick Carraway, after graduating from Yale and fighting in World War I, has returned home to begin a career. He has decided to move to New York City to learn the bond business, renting a house next to Gatsby’s mansion. Jay Gatsby is a young, mysterious millionaire later revealed to be a bootlegger, who has shady business connections and has an obsessive love for Daisy, whom he had met when he was a young officer in World War I. Daisy is an attractive and effervescent, if shallow, young woman, married to Tom: a millionaire who has a mistress in the city – Myrtle. Nick meets and spends time with them, and narrates as the drama unfolds.