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Is this 'the great American novel'? The tale of Jay Gatsby and his hopeless love for beautiful, selfish Daisy Buchanan is moving, powerful and a superb evocation of the Jazz Age. It explores idealism and excess, decadence and the American Dream. When published in 1925 it was not an immediate hit, but film versions and its inclusion on school curricula ensured greater popularity. Learn about Nick Carraway, mysterious Gatsby and how much of himself Fitzgerald put into his characters.