Introduction

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896-1940, became a chronicler of his age. His first book caught the mood of the generation growing-up in the jazz age. He could have been the character from one of his books, handsome, witty and charming, married to the glamourous Zelda; they both lived life as though it were one continuous party. With the crumbling of his personal life his public acclaim diminished, but his finest novel The Great Gatsby is seen as a sensitive and symbolic treatment of what is often referred to as the 'American dream'.

[Hart, James D., 1995, The Oxford Companion to American Literature, p.217.]