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What makes The Great Gatsby so special? Why has it gained such immense and lasting popularity? This concise, easy-to-read guide will show that - though very much a product of its time - Fitzgerald's haunting tale of lost love and deferred dreams is a timeless moral fable, and one which taps deeply into the American psyche.

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This book is indispensable for any fan of Gatsby. I loved it! --Bryan Ferry, Musician

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These books are testament to the phrase Big things come in small packages . Like the little door in Alice, these little books will open youngsters and oldersters to wide wonderlands of the classics. As with The Week, Connell has the gift of making the daunting and overwhelming accessible and digestible. Yipee! --Helena Bonham Carter

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John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus, UCL, and has for many years been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of many books and more editions than he cares to count. He writes and reviews widely in the UK and the US. His most recent books are: The Boy who Loved Books (2007), Magic Moments (2008), Curiosities of Literature (2008), The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction, 2nd Edition (2009), 50 Ideas in Literature You Really Need to Know (2010), 365 Days in Literature (2010, with Stephen Fender). He s currently working on Lives of the Novelists.

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