The Great Gatsby

The Roaring 20s and Great Gatsby resources

Literary criticism, plot & character analysis of The Great Gatsby

Use the search terms "Great Gatsby" or "F. Scott Fitzgerald" in one of the following resources to find critical essays, historical context, biographies of the author, plot & character analysis, and more. Each will have slightly different resources for your use. These are all Gale resources, so use the normal password.

Don't forget to check out the left-hand side of the results page or the tabs to refine your results or explore related topics.

Literature Criticism Online

Literature Resource Center

Twayne's Authors

Scribner Writers

Use the following keywords to find resources on the Roaring Twenties

How to use Salem Press, Gale and TEL resources (if you need a quick refresher or you get stuck)

1. Click on the links for Mrs. Pollack's digital book cart, Salem Press or Student Resources in Context. See Mrs. Pollack or the librarians for passwords if you forget them.

2. Enter your unique search term based on your topic.

3. Browse the results to find relevant information.

4. Look at each section or refine your results to find more specific information.

Advanced search help:

When you see a search term that looks like this "1920s --> organized crime," you should use the advanced search link under the digital book cart search bar. Type "1920s" in the first keyword box, then select "keyword" for the second search box and type "organized crime." This will limit your results to documents that contain both the words "1920s" and "organized crime."

Fashion in the 1920s


Roaring 20s fashion

Jazz Age

Immigration after WWI


Ku Klux Klan



Great Migration

Golden Age of Sports

Golden age of sports

Chicago Black Sox

1920s sports --> boxing

Invention of the Automobile

Invention of the automobile

1920s --> automobiles




Jazz Age

Influence of jazz

Louis Armstrong "Dinah" 1933

Political Scandal

1920s --> scandal (look under the subjects in GVRL for more specific info)

Teapot Dome

Political scandal

Corruption --> political



18th amendment


Organized Crime

Organized crime

1920s --> organized crime


Corruption --> political


1920s Economy and The Great Depression

1920s --> economy

Great Depression --> causes

1920s business and economy


Woman suffrage

19th amendment

1920s --> suffrage


1920s --> Hollywood

1920s --> film --> theater


Silent movies

Keaton, Buster

Chaplin, Charlie

Charlie Chaplin - The Lion's Cage

Central Magnet Library

Credit for images:

Bain, George Grantham. Normatalmadge. N.d. Library of Congress. Wikipedia. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

Bain, George Grantham. Ruth 1921. 1921. Library of Congress. Wikipedia. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

Bellis, Pete. Statue of Liberty. 2007. New York. Flikr. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

Charles Luciano. 1926. New York. Wikipedia. Web. 7 Mar. 2014.

Edward Doheny Testifying. 1924. Washington D.C. National Photo Company Collection. Wikipedia. Web. 7 Mar. 2014.

Palumbo, Ed. Louis Armstrong. 1956. Wikipedia. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

Lange, Dorthea. Poor Mother and Children. 1936. Oklahoma. Library of Congress. Wikipedia. Web. 7 Mar. 2014.

Prohibition Disposal. N.d. Wikipedia. Web. 7 Mar. 2014.

Star Mercury Motorcar. 1926. Wolverhampton. Wikipedia. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

The Tramp. 1915. British Film Institute. Wikipedia. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.