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The Incredibly Great Gatsby

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Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten, 1937. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, LC-USZ62-88103

Great books have staying power. We can see this by the popularity of certain Big Read selections. It's often the classics like To Kill A Mockingbird or Fahrenheit 451 that are revisited and now, downloaded, again and again. When excellent books are adapted into reputable films, for example one of the multiple versions of The Great Gatsby, a book is injected with new life and, arguably, even more staying power. Actor Robert Redford can certainly attest to this given his firsthand experience playing Jay Gatsby on the silver screen. And attest he does. Here's part of what Redford had to say about the book's impression on him as heard on The Big Read audio guide. [1:04]

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/Redford-Gatsby.mp3]

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Visit The Big Read website to learn more about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby.

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