Compared with Fitzgerald's earlier works, such as “The Beautiful and Damned” and “This Side of Paradise”, “The Great Gatsby”'s reception was not that good, ending being not a huge commercial success. In the first year of its publication, it sold 21,000 copies and earned Fitzgerald $2000; by comparison, his earlier novels sold twice as many copies in their first year, and in the same year he earned the same amount of money for a single short story in a newspaper.

As concerns the critical reception of “The Great Gatsby”, early reviews were also not particularly positive. For example, the reviewer for the “St Louis Dispatch” said the following: “altogether is seems to us this book is a minor performance. At the moment, it...

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