A Letter on The Great Gatsby
by T. S. Eliot


Faber And Gwyer Ltd. Publishers

24 Russell Square,
London, W.C.I.
31st December
, 1925

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Esqre.,
c/o Charles Scribners & Sons,
New York City.

Dear Mr. Scott Fitzgerald,
The Great Gatsby with your charming and overpowering inscription arrived the very morning that I was leaving in some haste for a sea voyage advised by my doctor. I therefore left it behind and only read it on my return a few days ago. I have, however, now read it three times. I am not in the least influenced by your remark about myself when I say that it has interested and excited me more than any new novel I have seen, either English or American, for a number of years.

When I have time I should like to write to you more fully and tell you exactly why it seems to me such a remarkable book.In fact it seems to me to be the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James…

By the way, if you ever have any short stories which you think would be suitable for the Criterion I wish you would let me see them.

With many thanks,I am,
Yours very truly,
T. S. Eliot

P.S. By a coincidence Gilbert Seldes in his New York Chronicle in the Criterion for January 14th has chosen your book for particular mention.


From The Crack-up edited by Edmund Wilson.


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