"a dramatization of The Great Gatsby which was running well and it would sell to the movies"

The stage version of The Great Gatsby opened at New York's Ambassador Theatre on 2 February, 1926. As Hemingway points out, the dramatisation of the book -- which made disappointing sales despite its rave reviews -- paved the way for film adaptation. Herbert Brenon directed the first movie, which was shot the same year.

Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova
Public DomainDirector Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova - Credit: Library of Congress