Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
Considered one of the finest American writers of the twentieth century, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was the author of various novels and short stories chronicling life in the US during the Roaring Twenties.
It seems to me the first step that American fiction has taken since
Henry James. -- TS Eliot
He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a generation. * The New York Times *