Gatsby-mania has swept the world recently. (And I wish to say it was because the Lost Generation are being found by the Z generation, I really do). The recent film adaptation, by Baz Luhrmann, seems to be dividing both the critics and fans of the novel. Nevertheless this publicity provides a ‘Great’ opportunity to go back in time to explore what really is the remarkable relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald and his editor, Maxwell Perkins. Specifically their dialogue involving the publication of The Great Gatsby, as shown through these invaluable letters. Perhaps in another, less fortunate, less aesthetically aware, world we would all be watching The High-bouncing Lover, or listening to Jay-Z’s soundtrack of Trimalchio in West Egg.
Or this substantially more feline version. (JG)
via Letters of Note