Rotten Reviews: The Great Gatsby

“What has never been alive cannot very well go on living. So this is a book of the season only….”

New York Herald Tribune

“A little slack, a little soft, more than a little artificial, The Great Gatsby falls into the class of negligible novels.”

Springfield Republican

“Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald deserves a good shaking…. The Great Gatsby is an absurd story, whether considered as a romance, melodrama, or plain record of New York high life.”

Saturday Review of Literature

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

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