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An incorruptible dream

‘I think my novel is about the best American novel ever written.’

Crossing the Culture Rachel Helen Smith
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Leonardo di Caprio | photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture — © 2013 Bazmark Film III Pty. Ltd.

So F. Scott Fitzgerald declared to editor Maxwell Perkins on finishing the manuscript of his partly-autobiographical novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). The new film adaptation by Baz Luhrmann reminds us of the brilliance of a writer who became infatuated with the soulless glamour of the Jazz Age and simultaneously sought to critique it.