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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Something in her tone reminded me of the other girl‟s “I

think he killed a man,” and had the effect of stimulating my curiosity. I would have accepted without question the information that Gatsby sprang from the swamps of Louisiana or from the lower East Side of New York. That was comprehensible. But young men didn‟t — at least in my provincial inexperience I believed they didn‟t —drift coolly out of nowhere and buy a palace on Long Island Sound. “Anyhow, he gives large parties,” said Jordan, changing the

subject with an urbane distaste for the concrete. “And I like large parties. They‟re so intimate. At small parties there isn‟t any privacy.” There was the boom of a bass drum, and the voice of the

orchestra leader rang out suddenly above the echolalia of the garden. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he cried. “At the request of Mr.

Gatsby we are going to play for you Mr. Vladimir Tostoff‟s latest work, which attracted so much attention at Carnegie Hall last May. If you read the papers, you know there was a big sensation.” He smiled with jovial condescension, and added: “Some sensation!” Whereupon everybody laughed. “The piece is known,” he concluded lustily, “as Vladimir Tostoff‟s JAZZ HISTORY OF THE WORLD.”

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