F. Scott Fitzgerald standing with a copy of The Great Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby publication date: April 10, 1925
Happy Birthday to the Great American novel, The Great Gatsby, which was published on this day 88 years ago in 1925.
I think you have every kind of right to be proud of this book [The Great Gatsby]. It is an extraordinary book, suggestive of all sorts of thoughts and moods. You adopted exactly the right method of telling it, that of employing a narrator who is more of a spectator than an actor: this puts the reader upon a point of observation on a higher level than that on which the characters stand and at a distance that gives perspective. In no other way could your irony have been so immensely effective, nor the reader have been enabled so strongly to feel at times the strangeness of human circumstance in a vast heedless universe. In the eyes of Dr. Eckleberg various readers will see different significances; but their presence gives a superb touch to the whole thing; great unblinking eyes, expressionless, looking down upon the human scene. It‘s magnificent! — Maxwell E. Perkins, 1924
Scott & Zelda married on this day in 1920.
You and I have been happy; we haven’t been happy just once, we’ve been happy a thousand times. The chances that spring, that’s for everyone, like in the popular songs, may belong to us too — the chances are pretty bright at this time because as usual, I can carry most of contemporary literary opinion, liquidated, in the hollow of my hand — and when I do, I see the swan floating on it and — I find it to be you and you only…. Forget the past — what you can of it, and turn about and swim back home to me, to your haven for ever and ever — even though it may seem a dark cave at times and lit with torches of fury; it is the best refuge for you — turn gently in the waters through which you move and sail back….
If you’re ever sad, just look at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s hair in this picture, and everything will be okay
F. Scott, Zelda, and Scottie Fitzgerald at Lands End, their home in Sands Point, NY, on Long Island Sound. [via] (”25 Fascinating Photos of Famous Writers at Home” [Temple 2013])