Episode 41: The Great Gatsby


April 10 marks the 90th anniversary of the publication of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Here are three things you might not know about “The Great Gatsby”:

First: Among the other titles Fitzgerald considered were: “Among the Ash-Heaps and Millionaires,” “Gatsby,” “Gold-Hatted Gatsby,” “The High-Bouncing Lover,” “On the Road to West Egg,” “Trimalchio,” “Trimalchio in West Egg” and “Under the Red, White and Blue.”

Second: Between 1925 and 1942, Scribner and Sons printed 25,000 copies of “The Great Gatsby” Starting in 1943, 155,000 copies of Gatsby were given to members of the United States Armed Forces during World War II, which coincided with a revival of interest in the book and the rest of Fitzgerald’s works

Third: It was selected by the Modern Library as the best American book  and second greatest English-language novel of the 20th century.

Our question: Which book ranked above “The Great Gatsby” on the list of best English Language novels?

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