Min Jin Lee on Thoughtfully Reconsidering the Classics

February 24, 2022 | 1 book mentioned 1

At the New Yorker, Min Jin Lee discusses her introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of The Great Gatsby, a book she both loves and questions. “I could really adore The Great Gatsby, and I do,” she says. “I spent three months of my life talking about it. But I’m also going to say that it’s not everybody’s story at that time. Do I think we should read it? Yes. Do I think that it defines the American experience? I want to add a footnote. Using whatever little power that I have to say ‘hang on, there’s more’ doesn’t mean that I’m kicking him off the shelf. I’m just saying, ‘Let’s reconsider the classic, with its flaws and its limitations.'”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

One comment:

  1. I agree, Gatsby is a magnificent book. Too bad Academia hates white people.

    Imagine a world without Faulkner.

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