“Civilization’s Going to Pieces”: The Great Gatsby, Identity, and Race, From the Jazz Age to the Obama Era

  title={“Civilization’s Going to Pieces”: The Great Gatsby, Identity, and Race, From the Jazz Age to the Obama Era},
  author={Joseph Henry Vogel},
  journal={The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review},
  pages={29 - 54}
  • J. Vogel
  • Published 16 December 2015
  • Art
  • The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review
With the release of Baz Luhrmann’s bold and controversial adaptation of The Great Gatsby in 2013, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s once-neglected story reached an unprecedented level of popularity. The film grossed a remarkable $144 million in the U.S. and $350 million worldwide. Meanwhile, the novel, already a perennial classroom favorite, reached the top of bestseller lists. From these statistics alone, one might conclude that The Great Gatsby resonates more in the Obama era than it ever did in the Jazz… 
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