A Glam-free Gatsby


There’s an elusiveness to Jay Gatsby, the figure who haunts F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best-loved work. Gatsby is a charismatic millionaire who blends into the background at his own lavish parties. He is glamorous and yet pathetic, self-inventing but helpless. His smile radiates “eternal reassurance,” the book tells...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.