Bruccoli, Matthew J. F. Scott
Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Literary Reference.
New York: Carroll & Graff, 2000.
Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Home Page
A Concordance to The Great Gatsby
probably refers to interior design by, or inspired by, Scottish
architect Robert Adam (1728-1792).
"Often considered Scotland's most famous architect, Adam
became a leader of classical revival in England for both architecture
and interior decoration. His designs are particularly notable
for their lavish use of color. "
is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and
the Balkan Peninsula. The American Heritage® Dictionary
of the English Language, Third Edition.
concerns thoughts related to the appreciation of,
or a heightened senstivity to, beauty. The American Heritage®
Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition.
"Ain't we got fun,"
is the title of a popular song of 1921.
Words by Gus Kahn & Raymond B. Egan. Music by Richard
Ev-'ry morn-ing Ev-'ry eve-ning Ain't we got fun,
Not much mon-ey, Oh but hon-ey, Ain't We Got Fun
The rent's un-paid dear, We have-nt a bus,
But smiles were made dear, for peo-ple like us
In the win-ter, in the sum-mer, Don't we have fun,
Times are bum and get-ting bum-mer, Still we have fun
There's nothing sur-er, The rich get rich and the poor get child-ren
In the mean-time, In be-tween time, Ain't we got fun.
is the capitol city of New York state
"The American Legion was chartered by Congress
in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization."
is the French word for "love." Jordan uses
the term to suggest marital infidelity
is a wooded and hilly region of northeast France,
a major battleground in World War I.
Sergeant York at Argonne
marks the day (November 11, 1918) on which World War
I was officially ended.
The Armistice Demands
The Armistice announced
is a city of western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains
For a discussion of Fitzgerald's connections to Asheville
is literally the Mediterranean coast of north Africa,
but - as Bruccoli notes (213) - the novel probably refers to
the wild waterfront area of San Francisco that developed after
the 1849 gold rush.
Museum of San Francisco (scroll down to "San Francisco
- Barbary Coast")
was an American theatrical producer famous for his
realistic set designs.
Belasco's Broadway credits
is currently known as Roosevelt Island, located in
the East River. It has been the site at various times of a penitentiary
(1832-1935), lunatic asylum, and several hospitals.
Bois de Boulogne
is a large park in Paris.
Buccleuch, Dukes of
are a line of Scottish royalty.
"The substantial origin
of the ducal house of the Scotts of Buccleuch dates back to the
large grants of lands in Scotland to Sir Walter Scott of Kirkurd
and Buccleuch, a border chief, by James II, in consequence of
the fall of the 8th earl of Douglas (1452); but the family traced
their descent back to a Sir Richard le Scott (1249-1285)."
Interesting to note, this reference links Nick to the family
name of Scott.
(a.k.a.) Camp Zachary Taylor was
an army training camp near Louisville, KY. 2nd Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald
reported to Camp Taylor in February of 1918.
Prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United
States produced a number of fanciful notions about how alcohol
managed to enter the country under these restrictions.
"An important and fashionable resort on the French Riviera"
is a famous performance venue in New York City. It opened in
1891 with a performance of Marche solennelle conducted
by Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Castile, dreams of
suggests that the shawls of women at Gatsby's parties were finer
than any that the inhabitants of Castile could hope to own. Castile
is a former kingdom in north central Spain.
was originally the title of a novel (1800) by Irish writer Maria
is a large park in mid-Manhattan; it opened to the public in
is a green or yellow liqueur.
Chicago, Milwaukee &
St. Paul Railroad
was a rail line that travelled between Chicago and the cities
of Puget Sound
is an elaborately decorated wagon used to transport circuses
from one place to another.
the egg in
involves the legend of how Columbus convinced others
that he could do something they thought was impossible.
"A resort district of Brooklyn, New York, on the Atlantic
Ocean, famous for its boardwalk and amusement park featuring
souvenir stands, thrilling rides, and numerous eating places."The
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third
is an essential part of every game of cricket. The
game is known and played throughout many of nations of the former
is apparently a fictional store, perhaps inspired by Cartier's,
a famous jewelry store established in New York by Pierre Cartier
"Croire" is a French word meaning "to believe,
to think, or to credit."
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