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CliffsNotes on Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (Cliffsnotes Literature) [Paperback]

Kate Maurer
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June 19, 2000 0764586017 978-0764586019
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the familiar format.

CliffsNotes on The Great Gatsby explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of triumph, tragedy, and a classic love triangle in the 1920s.

Following the story of a young Midwesterner who's fascinated by the mysterious past and opulent lifestyle of his landlord, this study guide provides summaries and critical commentaries for each chapter within the novel. Other features that help you figure out this important work include

  • Personal background on the author
  • Introduction to and synopsis of the book
  • In-depth character analyses
  • Critical essays on topics of interest
  • Review section that features interactive questions and suggested essay topics and practice projects
  • Resource Center with books, videos, and Web sites that can help round out your knowledge

Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.


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About the Author

Kate Maurer received her Ph.D. in English from Marquette University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition and English at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Product Details

  • Series: Cliffsnotes Literature
  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes (June 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764586017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764586019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful. August 20, 2002
By MAB
Format:Paperback
"Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (Cliffs Notes)" is a great way to help you understand what you're reading, if you're having difficulties. If you're not having a problem reading "The Great Gatsby," this will give you questions to test your knowledge of the book. Of course, you should read the Cliffs Notes AFTER you read "The Great Gatsby," not instead of. I recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful May 4, 2013
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I've read the book several times over many years. I just wanted a refresher and maybe a bit of insight. This was perfect for that.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relatively good notes for subject October 29, 2005
Format:Paperback
Here is an honest review of the book for what it is, not the ethical and educational implications of reading this book. In terms of the educational value received from the book, it's not too bad. Although their vocabulary isn't as great as the vocabular sparknotes employs, their guides seem to colloquially explain the subject material, which is the purpose of the book. I bought the book because I was at Target and needed a guide for an upcomming test where I wouldn't have internet access the nights before (I usually use sparknotes because it's free), and I was surprised by the writing quality of the book. Granted, it's not as good as Fitzgeral's writing, however it does relate the story, which is the primary purpose for a history class.

Concerning the people who have condemned this book, they need to understand the multiple approaches to learning subject areas. Currently I maintain a schedule where on good days I receive 6 hours of sleep and on bad a receive 3 to none because of my busy schedule and heavy extra-cirricular activity. Reading cliff-notes doesn't mean we as readers won't look in the book for quotes (for example - writing a paper) to support our ideas. Simply condemning them because they're not the real book is unfair to the book, the authors, and the people that use cliff notes for ligitimate purposes. Overall, it conveys the idea well, however sparknotes does an equally decent job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIFESAVER May 13, 2014
By Alycia
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Some of the vocabulary in the Great Gatsby is challenging and Nick carraway kinda beats around the bush so this book helped .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Gatsby in notes May 3, 2014
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Not only is this great for understanding what Fitzgerald was trying to tell us, which I have found that many people did miss the the point. It also is great for helping me as a writer. He wrote 170 +or- pages and it knocks your socks off. My last book (still writing) has 480 pages. after reading this I have begun to cut a lot of things out. And of course, CliffsNotes are always super.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT!!!!! March 13, 2014
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It really helps you comprehend any chapter and gives a great in depth character analysis! Too bad teachers frown apon the use of it. Ooh well still worth buying and is a great help when it comes to essays
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gatsby February 17, 2014
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Excellent review for my book club discussion. I had read the book in the past couple years before the recent movie so I did not want to reread it so the CliffNotes was an excellent review and I learned new things about Scott and Zelda! Phyllis R
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great help December 25, 2013
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My son was having to read two books for school at one time so this was a great help to use after he read the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Quality Of Production
I hated this because the cheap paper, tiny font and low contrast move it far below my low threshold for production quality. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben J Korgen
5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide
This study guide has excellent summaries and analyses of each chapter, three essays on main characters and background information about the author and the context of the novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Louis Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but I would have thought there were deeper themes behind...
It's good, but I would have thought there were deeper themes behind such a popular book in education. Great Gatsby.
Published 7 months ago by Reginald H. Henderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliff notes
It is very useful but I have used these in the past and spark notes are putting Cliffs notes in the past
Published 8 months ago by carol vice
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for book clubs
Was especially good for book club discussion. 13 more words required is why I hate responding to these reviews! Really
Published 8 months ago by Trish diPietrae
5.0 out of 5 stars Tutor used Cliffs Notes to enhance understanding of Gatsby
I was tutoring an at-risk high school student (learning disabled with a D in English) late in the academic year. Read more
Published 12 months ago by pippilongstocking
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gatsby Cllifsnotes
After seeing the movie, I wanted to know how it compared to the book. Also wanted to know about the themes and symbolism.
Published 13 months ago by Carol Seljeseth
5.0 out of 5 stars the great gatsby
second time i read this book, so this time i wanted a shorter version
awesome reading, to the point and explained all the famous symbolism
now i will see the movie
Published 13 months ago by joanne mclellan
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