Page 32. " she bought a copy of Town Tattle "

Town Tattle was a 1920s gossip rag, similar to National Enquirer or Heat magazine today. That Myrtle buys the magazine suggests not so much her lack of intelligence but perhaps her (material) aspiration to a better lifestyle.

Page 33. " John D. Rockefeller "

 John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) was a famous American industrialist and philanthropist. He founded Standard Oil in 1870 and was the first American to make over a billion dollars. He was possibly the richest man in modern history.


Page 43. " There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths "

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Fitzgerald vividly sets the scene for the decadence that has come to be associated with the Roaring Twenties. Gatsby's parties are lavish and populated by people from all walks of life, not just the New York elite.

The 1920s was later described as "the most expensive orgy in history".

Page 47. " Gilda Gray's understudy from the Follies "

 Gilda Gray (1901-1959) was born Marianna Michalska in Krakow, Poland. She became famous as an American showgirl and invented the 'shimmy' dance. She later went to Hollywood and starred in a string of films.

Gray was a featured dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922. The Follies were a spectacular Broadway theatrical event show created by Florenz Ziegfeld in 1907. They ran nearly every year until 1936. The 1920s were the glory years, and many Hollywood stars of the silent era started out as Ziegfeld Girls, including Mae Murray, Louise Brooks, Marion Davies, Barbara Stanwyck and Paulette Goddard. Comedians who began their careers there included W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice and Will Rogers.