Greil Marcus has written many books including Mystery Train,Lipstick Traces, and The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America. He lives in Oakland, CA.
[E]xcerpts are well-chosen. Anything that drives readers back to a transcendent work, fully commensurate to [our] capacity for wonder , is to be commended. -Stephen Phillips, The Irish Times Greil Marcus is one of our greatest living cultural critics. Not only is this a wildly original essay on one of America's most revered novels-it's also a fitting capstone to his oeuvre. -James Miller Now more than ever, we need to think long and hard about our collective national fantasies. There's no one better suited to this task than Greil Marcus. -David Treuer, author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee With history, with narrative flourish, and with thoughtfully woven connective tissue, Greil Marcus takes The Great Gatsby and gives it a newer, richer life well beyond the one it has already lived. -Hanif Abdurraqib, author of Go Ahead in The Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest Greil Marcus's prose has an electric wondering urgency; the artworks under description crackle and glow, illuminating whole landscapes of history and culture. This method has never found a better home than Gatsby. The result kept me up all night. -Jonathan Lethem, author of The Ecstasy of Influence Under the Red White and Blue is a soaring, roaring song of a book. The pretext is The Great Gatsby, but the value comes in riding along as Marcus beats back into the past and the fate of America. -David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film