The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922.
Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who has graduated from Yale and fought in World War I, has returned home to begin a career. He is restless and has decided to move to New York to learn the bond business. The novel opens early in the summer of 1922 in West Egg, Long Island, where Nick has rented a house next to the mansion of Jay Gatsby, the mysterious host of regular, extravagant parties.
After the first World War, American society enjoyed prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers.
After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, The Great Gatsby quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic.