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  • Published: 20 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781445847474
  • Imprint: BBC DL
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 1 hr 53 min
  • Pages: 113
  • RRP: $9.99

The Great Gatsby: V&A Collector's Edition




A stylish, fashion-inspired edition of this classic tale, produced in partnership with the V&A

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, starring Bryan Dick as Nick and Andrew Scott as Jay Gatsby. The greatest book on the fallibility of the American dream, The Great Gatsby, a portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, is by far the most popular classic in modern American fiction. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's - and his country's - most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed and the promise of new beginnings. Gatsby is the man who has everything - but one thing will always be out of his reach... The Great Gatsby has been adapted as a major motion picture, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

  • Published: 20 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781445847474
  • Imprint: BBC DL
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 1 hr 53 min
  • Pages: 113
  • RRP: $9.99

About the author

F Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 -1940) is widely considered the poet laureate of the Jazz Age. He wrote many short stories and four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Great Gatsby. An unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work); six volumes of short stories and The Crack Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.

Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a 'generation'. . . he might have interpreted and even guided them, as in their midle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'

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