F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was at one point regarded as “The Great American Novel.” On the surface, it is a story of love, longing, and gross materialism. By reading deeper into the story, Gatsby becomes a social commentary on the nation’s obsession with appearing successful, while its characters fall apart behind their masks. Fitzgerald’s style is perfect for this type of novel. Quiklit published a fascinating post on the life and works of Fitzgerald. On his writing style, they write:
“Fitzgerald’s writing style was inspired in large part by Joseph Conrad and fellow American authors like Sherwood Anderson. While Conrad’s style is extremely dense, a series of puzzles wrapped in enigmas, it is includes a sense of mystery and the exotic. Fitzgerald’s prose is lighter than Conrad’s, but it nevertheless contains this layering. It is this type of subtext that allows his novels to contain a “sense” of doom and tragedy while also appearing blissfully romantic.”
Anyone who has read The Great Gatsby can attest to the truth of that statement. Fitzgerald’s gilded words beckon readers into the glamorous worlds he has created. His work has become practically synonymous with the “Roaring 20s,” and his stories serve as both a warning and a siren song to anyone longing for more. His style has held up through the years and remains popular even today.
Check out the blog post in its entirety here: http://qwiklit.com/2013/05/08/everything-you-needed-to-know-about-f-scott-fitzgerald/