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Gatsby as usual

Baz Luhrmann's film has plenty of colour—but it ignores race

By James McAuley  

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Either in arrogance or in flippancy, F. Scott Fitzgerald understood that The Great Gatsby would become the great American novel. As he wrote to his editor Maxwell Perkins in the summer of 1924: “I think my novel is about the best American novel ever written.”

In many ways, he was right, and the continued interest in this slender novel—as well as the…

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