Was ‘The Great Gatsby’ Black?

“The Great Gatsby” is peppered with clues suggesting that central character Jay Gatsby is not who he seems, and Janet Savage argues in her new book that he was hiding more than readers realized.

She says in “Jay Gatsby: A Black Man in Whiteface,” that F. Scott Fitzgerald offered subtle clues that Gatsby was passing as white in 1920’s America.

“I am ready for the hate” that might come from some readers, said Savage, a former in-house Hollywood studio lawyer.

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