I've posted about F. Scott Fitzgerald on this blog on a couple of occasions. And now that I've finally seen (and really enjoyed) Baz Luhrmann's take on The Great Gatsby, it seems appropriate to revisit the reactions his contemporaries had to the original novel.
In May 1925, follow author Gertrude Stein wrote to Fitzgerald expressing her admiration for his body of work in general and for Gatsby in particular. If you're not familiar with Stein's... unique writing style, her letter is a good introduction to her prose method, and contains a number of interesting compliments - including a very fitting comparison between Gatsby and Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.
You can read Stein's letter in full here. My previous Letters of Note posts about Fitzgerald and Gatsby can be found here and here. If you've not yet checked out my review of Baz Luhrmann's version, you will find it here. Finally, if you are left wanting more Gertrude Stein upon reading her letter, then maybe Fry & Laurie can help: