The Great Gatsby, an American classic of the Jazz Age, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest literary achievement has been praised by readers one generation after another.
The main events are set during the summer of the year 1922 when the narrator, Nick Carraway, rents a modest house in the vicinity of the enigmatic self-made millionaire, Jay Gatsby. In Carraway's eyes, he is a symbol of prosperity and luxury. Yet in Gatsby's chase after the ideal love, Daisy Buchanan, we see him crushed under the weight of the "American Dream". Although seemingly attainable, this concept turns out to be empty aspiration.
As Gatsby engages in questionable deals steered by his obsession with Daisy, the reader observes that wealth alone does not make one untouchable nor an established member of the upper class, unless inherited and accompanied by education and status. Gatsby can be viewed as an imposter, a dreamer, a romantic, or a fool, but he is authentic when compared with the decayed morals of Daisy and Tom Buchanan. As Nick Carraway observes:
"They're a rotten crowd, (...) You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
A story of unfulfilled love, detachment and aloofness of the rich, as well as Fitzgerald's personal disappointment with the society he lived in, The Great Gatsby deserves its place in the classic literature hall of fame.
This 1914 novel of frontier romance by “the greatest Western writer of all time” was the basis for the classic film starring Victor Jory (Jackson Cain, author of Hellbreak Country).Feeling constrained by her high-society life back east, Madeline Hammond decides to join her brother Alfred at his cattle ranch in El Cajon, New Mexico. But she gets a rude introduction to frontier living when she encounters a drunken cowboy named Gene Stewart. Though his rough demeanor is a shock to Madeline’s refined sensibilities, she comes to realize that he means no harm—and soon learns there are far worse characters for her to worry about. There are some bad men who would do anything to see Alfred run off his land. While Gene tries to prove to Madeline that he can change for the better, tensions in El Cajon are on the rise. And when violence breaks out, Madeline discovers courage matters a lot more than manners on the frontier
Henry Adams (1838-1918) was the great grandson of Americas 2nd President John Adams and the grandson of Americas 6th President John Quincy Adams. Henry was also a well accomplished writer best known for the autobiography The Education of Henry Adams. This version of Adams Esther includes a table of contents.
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