Posts Tagged: The Great Gatsby

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #112: Roz Chast

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” I think when you really love something, you notice the minutiae. It’s partly how you make something your own.”

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What to Read When You Want to Make America Great Again

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Here is a list of books that help remind us what actually makes America great (hint: it’s not tax cuts).

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The Key of Novels

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For The Believer Logger, Prashanth Ramakrishna, Theodore Gioia, and Claire Boyle ask the question: if novels were music, in which key would they be written? The post characterizes a couple of musical keys and gives examples of corresponding works of fiction. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, for example, would be in C minor: “[A] declaration of […]

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The Great Gorsky

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At the Guardian, Serbian-born novelist Vesna Goldsworthy explains how the “strong plot” and structure of The Great Gatsby influenced her novel about Russian oligarchs: I know—especially for some Americans—I’ve trodden upon holy ground by reworking what is for them the literary equivalent of the stars and stripes. One American friend told me she’d once written out Gatsby in longhand just to […]

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Fitzgerald Can Be Funny, Too

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The most recent issue of the Strand magazine includes a previously unpublished short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story, titled “Temperature,” was discovered in the Princeton archives by the managing editor of Strand, Andrew Gulli, who described the manuscript as one of Fitzgerald’s more comedic works: “When we think of Fitzgerald we tend to think of tragic novels he […]

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When Critics Miss The Point

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For Slate, Cristina Hartmann explains how The Great Gatsby went from a marginal publication to a central part of America’s literary canon. According to Hartmann, much of the novel’s early struggles emerged from criticism that misrepresented Fitzgerald’s satirical position, as critics stood too close to a cultural moment: Fitzgerald’s contemporaries were unable to see the novel for what […]

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Love in Lake Forest

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At The Paris Review, Rumpus contributor Jason Diamond wonders about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s repeated references to Lake Forest, Illinois, determining that the city’s significance derived from the fact that it was the hometown of Fitzgerald’s first love, Ginevra King, who informed the character of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. “The next day I got […]

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Jay Gatsby’s Back

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Jay McInerney explains why the American classic The Great Gatsby, the last book that Hannah Kingsley-Ma and Kate Geiselman loved, is making a resurgence this year. After all, Jimmy Gatz “invents a hero called Jay Gatsby and then inhabits this creation, just as we hope to reinvent ourselves, some day, any day now, almost certainly starting tomorrow.”

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An Inspiring Home Meets its End

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The grand mansion that many believe was the inspiration for The Great Gatsby will soon be no more. F. Scott Fitzgerald was spotted at lavish parties held at the house, parties attended by the likes of Winston Churchill and the Marx brothers. The 13-acre property on Long Island Sound will be divided and the home […]

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