- Historical event:
- 10 April 1925
- F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the most famous novels of the 20th century - "The Great Gatsby". Fitzgerald was 28 years old when "The Great Gatsby" was published, and he had already been married to the famous Zelda Fitzgerald for five years.
The first edition of the novel The Great Gatsby was published on this day in 1925.
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the most famous novels of the 20th century. There were several film adaptations of the novel (Leonardo DiCaprio played Gatsby in 2013, and Robert Redford in 1974).
The Great Gatsby describes the first half of the 1920s (after World War I, and before the big economic crisis). These were the years of considerable economic prosperity, but also decadency. The locations of the story are New York and Long Island. Namely, the North Shore of Long Island, near New York, was an elite residence where many wealthy individuals built their villas. Wealthy families like the Vanderbilts, the Roosevelts, the Whitneys, and the Woolworths had their estates there.
Some of the villas on the north shore of Long Island, which was called the Gold Coast, looked like European castles with parks. For example, rich Otto Hermann Kahn built Oheka Castle (castle was named after him – O-He-Ka), which is today one of the largest castles in the United States.
Fitzgerald was 28 years old when The Great Gatsby was published, and he had already been married to the famous Zelda Fitzgerald for five years. They were famous, but also had a lot of emotional problems. In any case, their relationship “inspired” the novel.