Like Nick in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald found this new lifestyle seductive and exciting, and, like Gatsby, he had always idolized the very rich. Now he found himself in an era in which unrestrained materialism set the tone of society, particularly in the large cities of the East. Even so, like Nick, Fitzgerald saw through the glitter of the Jazz Age to the moral emptiness and hypocrisy beneath, and part of him longed for this absent moral center. In many ways, The Great Gatsby represents Fitzgerald’s attempt to confront his conflicting feelings about the Jazz Age. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised.
After the birth of their child, the Fitzgeralds moved to Great Neck, New York , on Long Island , in October 1922. The town was used as the scene of The Great Gatsby .  Fitzgerald's neighbors in Great Neck included such prominent and newly wealthy New Yorkers as writer Ring Lardner , actor Lew Fields , and comedian Ed Wynn .  These figures were all considered to be " new money ", unlike those who came from Manhasset Neck or Cow Neck Peninsula , places which were home to many of New York's wealthiest established families, and which sat across the bay from Great Neck. This real-life juxtaposition gave Fitzgerald his idea for "West Egg" and "East Egg". In this novel, Great Neck (King's Point) became the "new money" peninsula of West Egg and Port Washington (Sands Point) the old-money East Egg.  Several mansions in the area served as inspiration for Gatsby's home, such as Oheka Castle  and Beacon Towers , since demolished. 
The Great Gatsby - a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. Narrated by Nick Carraway, the novel follows Nick and Jay Gatsby's strange friendship and Gatsby's pursuit of a married woman named Daisy Buchanan, ultimately leading to his exposure as a bootlegger and his author was born September 24, 1896, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. He died December 21, 1940, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.