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So We Read On
So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures | Maureen Corrigan
The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby's surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a "classic," and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender. With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, "borne back ceaselessly" into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own.
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IamIamIam
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Corrigan teaches a class about Gatsby and this feels like a lecture from a professor you like and also wants you to think hard about the information you're given. Gatsby is divisive, being either loved or hated, but a look at Fitzgerald's misfit existence and longings put a lot into perspective. This will feel intimate to New Yorkers and Long Islanders and bring you right back to high school English class.

IamIamIam Also checks off my January #doublespin #bookspin!! @TheAromaofBooks 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
IamIamIam @TheAromaofBooks Thanks!!! It's a really fun read for Gatsby lovers! 2y
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IamIamIam
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Still working on my #DoubleSpin for January but I'm about halfway through so that's a bonus! 😁 I need to set aside some time to read a bit for each challenge a day!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Erinreadsthebooks
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This one‘s like sitting through a really interesting lecture on a really familiar book. I loved hearing her discuss the symbolism and themes of the novel as well as various reactions and understandings of what is considered one of the greatest American novels available. She‘s a Fitzgerald fan through and through, and a little biased in believing he can do no wrong, but that‘s okay. My English teacher heart is full. #nerdalert

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I love seeing Long Island in print in any form but especially when I know exactly what is being discussed. This was pre-highways but about an hour on Northern Boulevard is fairly accurate still today! (Thanks Google Maps 😁) I'm also checking at 12pm during a pandemic so not as much vehicle traffic as normal but maybe closer to the 30s or 40s volume.

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IamIamIam
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Precisely put, Professor!!! 🤣🤣🤣

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An interesting Gatsby point of reference in portraying Fitzgerald's inability to truly fit in. We discussed this in my Gatsby tours at Coe Hall and how someone with an expansive estate on Long Island surely would have had horses. Gatsby's ignorance of that fact leaves his vulnerable to the snub he receives from Tom's group as they disappear, expecting Nick to deliver their regrets. Gatsby's rejection is palpable.

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Oh my goodness... poor weird, trying too hard, Gatsby-esque F. Scott Fitzgerald!!!!

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Piano lessons and my first stab at a #Bookspin #Doublespin! I've had this for ages and Gatsby is in my top 5 favorites!!!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
vivastory I need to reread Gatsby. It's never really been a fave, but the memories I have of reading it are priceless. Thoughts on the prequel? 2y
IamIamIam @vivastory I legit had no idea about Nick's story! 😂 I'll probably take that out of the library first. I live on Long Island, used to ride the Long Island Railroad pretty frequently and drove past Flushing Meadows to get to Queens, so Gatsby is ingrained in me! Lol, plus I volunteered at a Gold Coast mansion and had a perspective on how the Buchanans lived. Maybe try audio? I had great memories of reading it in school too!!! Lol 2y
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Loving EVERY page.

AlexGeorge Oh, I *adored* that book!!! 2y
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Andrea313
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This is 100% my energy today. Who's with me? #ratherbereading

Buechersuechtling 🙋🏽‍♀️ 2y
JoScho Always! 2y
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Juliethope
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The insight and pleasure gained from the introduction alone makes this a gem for one who ranks The Great Gatsby a favorite. I highly recommend this book to all who inspire these words (from my 9 year old daughters): “ Only an extreme lover of books, like mom, would find a book all about another book to read.”
#TheGreatGatsby #books #bibliophile #americannovel #FscottFitzgerald #booklover

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Love Gatsby

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OrangeMooseReads
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Picked this up at The Dollar Tree for my swap partner, but upon closer inspection I was mistaken and it is not on their TBR.
I already own a copy so this one is up for grabs. This one is a hardcover, but if you would prefer a paperback I can do that my copy is pb and new unread.
Just leave a comment to claim it.

Missusb I would love it for my school library as we study Gatsby. But I live in Australia 🇦🇺 so I suspect that would rule me out. Is it good? 4y
TrishB My daughters favourite novel- she is collecting different versions! This looks good! 4y
OrangeMooseReads @Missusb I‘ve never mailed international, but if you would like this I‘m more than will to attempt to send it. I haven‘t read it yet, but I‘ve seen good reviews. 4y
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Rachbb3
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Obsessed with The Great Gatsby or the Fitzgeralds? (I am a little) Then this book is for you. I enjoyed most of this book. Although very well researched, some of the authors claims of "could be" were a bit too biased. But the "could be's" will have to stay that way and we will always be left wondering about some of the deeper meanings of Fitzgerald's greatest book.
(My opinion ?)

#LitsyAtoZ

RebelReader Oh my! I have to get this book for my daughter! She is obsessed with anything Gatsby! 😃 4y
Rachbb3 @RebelReader She'll love this then. 💓 4y
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Rachbb3
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😀 Back To the Future
😀 Fries
😀 Anything prior to 2000 except for The Killers
😀 Tagged! And it's awesome.
😀 👍🏼

#Friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The Killers ARE pretty excellent. 4y
JaclynW The Killers 💕💕💕💕💕 4y
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BethwithBooks

Holy dear sweet goodness sake... if I were taking a shot every time this narrator describes someone or something as “hard boiled” I would be dead.

It almost ruining this book for me.

Miss_Shush Are you also craving egg salad? 4y
BethwithBooks I was considering deviled eggs 🥚 4y
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Jess_Read_This
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“And, because I still haven‘t learned enough, because I want to look harder, read smarter, I let a year or so go by and, inevitably, pick up Gatsby again.”

5⭐️ Corrigan expounds on my favorite novel. She approaches it from numerous angles with an intellectual yet fan girl love. I loved this book for pointing out themes I missed, history into Gatsby‘s creation and salvaging, and ultimately its worth of reading. Not dry & completely entertaining.

Notafraidofwords I have read the great Gatsby six times. I‘m convinced it‘s a perfect novel. 4y
mhillis I really enjoyed reading this book too! 4y
Susannah I loved this book! I thought the way she weaved together the novel, Fitzgerald, and Gatsby‘s impact on (popular) culture was terrific. I also was thrilled that she talked about “Gatz,” the seven-hour stage adaptation of the novel. I saw it in Los Angeles many years ago and thought it was phenomenal. 4y
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Jess_Read_This @Notafraidofwords Yes!!! I feel exactly the same way! Especially on this reread. I‘ve been marveling at the form and development of the plot the entire time reading. 4y
Jess_Read_This @mhillis I couldn‘t put it down! I read it in two days and my head was swirling with all the information. 4y
Jess_Read_This @Susannah I loved it for the same reasons! She had me riveted. How neat you saw “Gatz”! What an experience. It sounds like it completely heightens the novel after seeing it. I‘m in awe at the actor‘s ability of memorization of the entire novel! 4y
Jess_Read_This @mhillis Ohh! Thank you for the recommendation. I have an embarrassing confession. I haven‘t read Camus yet and have been meaning too. Every post I‘ve seen about Camus has been so positive and I keep meaning to read The Stranger. This is the nudge I need most definitely to get on that. 4y
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Clwojick
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We‘re halfway through the #NetGalleyTBRAttack readathon and I think we‘re making some pretty nice progress. Personally, I‘ve been mostly reading my easier books from #NetGalley. A lot of children‘s books, graphic novels, cookbooks, and photography books. Either way, I‘m happy to say that since Monday I have #readandreviewed 22 books already!!! I‘ve also gone up 4% for my feedback status, but also downloaded 8 more books 🙈 #Readingstats

RaimeyGallant Wowzers!!! 4y
ephemeralwaltz So cool!! 4y
sherri Great progress!! 4y
Johanna414 When does the readathon end? I couldn‘t remember the dates... so far I‘ve read and reviewed 3, starting my 4th today! 4y
Clwojick @Johanna414 officially, it ends tomorrow, but I‘m sure I‘ll be continuing long into next month, myself. ( I have over 170 left still) 4y
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Clwojick
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And the tallied amount for number of books we plan on collectively getting through in the 7 day #NetGalleyTBRAttack readathon?

205 between 43 people!

I was surprised to see I signed up for 25 books for the week 🙈😂📚

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Clwojick
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Wow! I just tallied up the total amount of books left to #readandreview from the #NetGalleyTBRAttack sign up survey, and it looks like between the 43 people that signed up, we have a total of 2,476 Books left!

You guys are all truly amazing! That‘s 2,476 reviews that these authors are going to have for their new books! I guess all that I can say from here is READ ON! We‘ve got 4.5 days left, let‘s see what we can do! ♥️

thereadingowlvina Wow!!! That's a lot of books!! 😮 4y
ErikasMindfulShelf I forgot all about this 🤦‍♀️ 4y
Clwojick @irre No worries! It was end of day Monday before I remembered. 🙈 4y
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Betty I forgot about this too 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m working away at my stack. Then I requested and received three more. Ooooops! 4y
ErikasMindfulShelf I did finish and reviewed one book yesterday. 4y
SomedayAlmost Readers who review get extra ice cream in Heaven. Or so this writer has heard.... 4y
Clwojick @SomedayAlmost I happen to love ice cream ♥️🍦♥️ 4y
Clwojick @BarbaraTheBibliophage hahah! I can‘t help but request more everyday! There‘s so many good books out there. I‘ve added over 100 books to my “ to read and review” list since I created the form for this readathon. Ive been actively reading from that list, but I just have no self control and I can‘t seem to #stepawayfromtherequestbutton (edited) 4y
mrozzz Woohoo!!!!! 4y
julesG Wow! I'm also amazed at your speed reading. 4y
JazzFeathers I'd say that we rock 😏 Though l'll only be able to add one review, by the look if it 😐 But all you guys are fanrastic!!!!! 👏👏👏 4y
FantasyChick Sooooo many books 😬😬😬 4y
Johanna414 I‘ve finished one and am 80% through a second. My goal was two, but I‘m thinking I might be able to get through a third this weekend 4y
Maria514626 I started a new job this week and completely spaced on this. Yikes. Weekend to-do. ☺️ 4y
Clwojick @Maria514626 woohoo! Congrats on the new job. I hope you‘re loving it! ♥️ 4y
emmanoble I managed to get most of the way through one book this week 🤦🏼‍♀️ my mom is visiting so time to myself has gone out the window..we‘ll have to do another one of these soon!!! 4y
KateFulfordAuthor As a new author, I am SO grateful for the time & thought you put into your reviews & this community. 4y
Clwojick @KateFulfordAuthor Thanks! I do my best to be supportive of all authors, and I love that NetGalley gives people like me and chance to read and review new books, and authors new and old a chance to get the word out about their books. 4y
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Clwojick
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After reviewing 4 more books this morning, I‘m still only at 44% feedback sent. I‘m hoping to get that up to at least 50% before end of day Sunday. Time to read on!

#NetGalleyTBRAttack

jpmcwisemorgan What is this for? 4y
Clwojick @jpmcwisemorgan I‘m hosting a weeklong event for those of us Littens that review books for NetGalley. Most of us have a large list of books to get thru, and so I wanted to give some extra support (edited) 4y
SilversReviews I think mine is low too. I will have to look. 4y
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rubyslippersreads I'm afraid to look at my Feedback Ratio! 😬 4y
CocoReads I‘m afraid to even try netgalley reviewing. I‘ve been reviewing for Hidden Gems @HiddenGemBooks but since you only get a week or so to do them, I only request one or two at a time. 4y
sherri I didn‘t realize I could see my feedback percentage until you posted this picture. I‘m at 42% (thought it would be worse, honestly). Now I have clear goals! 4y
jpmcwisemorgan Ah, cool. I just do stuff with First to Read sometimes. Good luck to everyone! 4y
Li_21 Wait how? You've reviewed more book than I have and we're at the same percentage? 4y
BookHoarder32 330 approved?! 😱 4y
Clwojick @Li_21 maybe I‘ve been approved for more? 4y
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IamIamIam
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Technically, I went over $15, so I bought one book for myself. Not awful since I've only spent $20 all year on books during the #BookBuyingBan!
Bonus points for getting Caraval, Kitchens of the Great Midwest and the tagged book on clearance!!!
#bookhaul #shoppingspree #zeroselfcontrol
@Louise 😄

Reviewsbylola I keep promising myself that I‘ll finally read All the Light this year! 5y
IamIamIam @Reviewsbylola I'll make a note to let you know when I get to it! 😄 You'll probably read it before I do, though! 5y
Louise Brava! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I'm looking forward to reading Britt-Marie Was Here! What will she get up to next! Will she blossom at last? 🤓 5y
IamIamIam @Louise I did NOT realize Britt-Marie was from this!!!! I'm SOOO glad you made that comment!!! 😂😂 5y
Louise Well, I'm ASSUMING it's her, but I haven't yet read it. The description of the book fits, except that she's living in Borg. Did she move? I HOPE it's her!!! 5y
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S.Web
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A great read for anyone interested in The Great Gatsby or Fitzgerald. There was a lot of great information and I loved how much the author loved Gatsby.

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S.Web
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I'm only through the introduction and I already want to reread The Great Gatsby and everything else Fitzgerald has ever written!!

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Alisnazzy
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Ok. I got about 3/4's of the house shuttered and I'm pooped! But also really proud of myself for going into beast mode and doing that by myself. But now I've got my book, US Open Tennis, New Girl, and a big bottle of Gatorade to replenish fluids and #LitsyPartyOfOne is back on! Thank you all for your wishes for safety. May Irma harm no one. #HostPost

Lmstraubie Be safe! 5y
Lynnsoprano And you've shown off two bookstores which I've never posted shelfies 😘 5y
Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano tough luck! Lol 😝 5y
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Lynnsoprano I meant bookcases. Darn spellcheck 5y
QuietlyLaura Wow! You rock! 👏🏻 5y
minkyb I'm with you in spirit watching tennis and reading! The best. 5y
Sraexx Where are you? @Ambrosnazzy we are in Miami and starting to get supplies tomorrow! 5y
kspenmoll Take care! My husband's family is in Tampa, doing the same. Be safe. 5y
Alisnazzy @Sraexx west palm. I got some supplies but stores were getting wiped out already 😔 5y
Sraexx @Ambrosnazzy here too. I got gas and water but probably won't load up too much until we know for sure. Check drugstores! Last year I had great luck with out of the way Wal-greens. 5y
BookBabe Wishing you the best of luck! My parents, best friend, and a bunch of other family of me and @MrBook live in Florida. Keeping our fingers crossed for all of you! 🤞🏻 5y
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It was a busier weekend than expected and I started the #reademandeatathon late, but I still managed some quality reading time. 🤓📚It was fun hanging out with everyone and meeting some new friends, too. Thanks for planning this cool party @Read.Em.And.Eat 👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉

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Picked up a couple of books that were on my wishlist. My husband says he's glad I got some books for Father's Day. 😂

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Essex Serpent! Yesssss!! 🙌 5y
Sace Oh wow. This looks fascinating. I just ordered a copy. 5y
Jess_Read_This 🙌🏼❤️Maureen Corrigan❤️ This is such a great book! I can't wait to read your review! 5y
ValerieAndBooks Loved the Corrigan book! 5y
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Jess_Read_This
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🔊🎧Listening to a few podcasts as Corrigan discusses this book. She's delightful, articulate, and so incredibly smart. I have a small stack of notes full of book and author recommendations on Gatsby and Fitzgerald. Love the podcasts that have her interviews!

#thegreatgatsby #podcast #maureencorrigan #fangirl #gatsby #TotalMCFangirl

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Until I read So We Read On, I didn't know there were naked ladies swimming in these eyes of the well-known cover of The Great Gatsby. Or that this cover was designed by Francis Cugat (older brother of bandleader Xavier), for a fee of $100 and no royalties. He never did a book cover again, and according to Corrigan, probably because it was too much work for too little money. #eyesoncover #eyesoncovers

Lcsmcat Fascinating! 5y
Literaryunicorn I never noticed that either! Very cool info. 5y
kspenmoll I had no idea either; thanks for fun tidbits- have to check the eyes! 5y
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Caterina This was the cover my 9th grade class had, and all the guys went crazy over the naked ladies and make a big deal out of looking at them and pointing them out to the girls in the class. 🙄🙄 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Lcsmcat @Literaryunicorn @kspenmoll I did think that was an interesting tidbit, this book is full of them! @Caterina how funny 😂! The copy we read from in HS wasn't this cover; I'm pretty sure it was the Robert Redford movie tie-in version (yes it was a long time ago 😊). 5y
OrangeMooseReads I have never noticed that! I will forever see it now 5y
Hobbinol Wow! Who knew?!... Gotta read this book! Stacked! 5y
ReadingEnvy I had no idea!! 5y
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ValerieAndBooks
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I highly recommend this! Based on how many quotes I shared of So We Read On, it's no surprise I enjoyed this book. Not strictly a bio but a focus on the history and meaning of The Great Gatsby. Eager to re-read The Great Gatsby! And now I'm wondering what happened to The Beautiful and the Damned 🤔. I know I had to buy a new Gatsby some time back, couldn't find the one I had.

JazzFeathers That would be interesting. I read Gatsby a few years ago. I enjoyed it... and it was pretty obviously it has more to say than the mere story may recount. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @JazzFeathers yes. The author points out a lot of symbolism, I'll definitely read more closely next time. I remember nothing about what was discussed in HS (a long time ago anyway)! Read it twice since then. 5y
IamIamIam Awesome!!! I stacked this one because I'm really interested in new views on the book! 5y
LeahBergen I'll have to do a reread and buy this one, too. 👍🏼 5y
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"Four fictional histories in 2013 alone" based on Zelda plus several other fiction based on Gatsby characters are mentioned by Corrigan here. The TBR list grows ever more!

Jess_Read_This Z on audio is really good! I ended up buying the print copy I enjoyed it so much. 5y
tpixie Double Bind is a really good book and the great Gatsby characters are in this book. i'm just finishing up the sleepwalker now and I'm going to try to read all @ChrisBohjalian books this year #bohjalian2017 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Jess_Read_This I tried to get into Z a few years back but couldn't-- bailed 🤷‍♀️(I don't do audio-- Deaf). But the others look worth trying! The author also made good suggestions for non-fic. 5y
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ValerieAndBooks @tpixie I won one of Chris Bohjalian's books in a give-away, I really need to move it up in my TBR (tagged here)! If I come across Double Bind I'll certainly pick it up. 5y
Jess_Read_This @ValerieAndBooks I'm going to have to read this one. I've had it on my TBR pile for ages. I'm interested in the non-fic too. Thank you so much for the recommendations! 5y
tpixie @ValerieAndBooks i just finished The Sleepwalker on the way to work this morning. It was good also. (edited) 5y
PirateJenny Not fictional but an interesting book related to Gatsby is Careless People. It's about how a famous murder case (still unsolved) in New Brunswick, NJ, may have influenced parts of Gatsby. I was intrigued by it. 5y
tpixie @PirateJenny interesting!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @PirateJenny the author does mention this story briefly-- good to know there's a book detailing it and that you liked it. I'll stack it! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @tpixie glad you liked The Sleepwalker! 5y
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With a friend like this, who needs enemies 😩? It's really hard for me to like Hemingway right now (the author also has cited other examples of when Hemingway has put down Fitzgerald). And Hemingway was going to be my next letter for #LitsyAtoZ 😨

saresmoore I had a similar reaction to learning about Hemingway's scoundrel nature, but @LauraBeth (and several other wonderful Littens) reminded me that everybody has their issues and Hemingway is still worth reading! What were you planning to read of his? 5y
tpixie Wow incredible!! 5y
Texreader "Pity trolling." That's a new one on me but you can bet I'll be using that phrase henceforward! 5y
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Jess_Read_This I hear you... their friendship was an interesting one. I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. I just picked up a book about the two of them and I was hoping it would explain a bit more. Because I too, am not that happy with our friend Ernest right now. 😂 5y
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore @LauraBeth I knew Hemingway was far from perfect 😓; I was planning on either Green Hills of Africa or Across the River and Into the Trees, both in my TBR forever. Or maybe I should read the bio I have by his friend whose last name is also H? 🤔 (edited) 5y
ValerieAndBooks @tpixie I know right?! Jealousy can be so destructive. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Texreader it was new to me too! I've heard of just "trolling ", definitely. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Jess_Read_This I knew their relationship was complicated but this book had me intrigued to read more about it, so I ordered this (tagged at end of comment). Used, out of print. It should be here next week maybe. I wonder how it compares to the one you've got! I'll see if the library has it... 5y
DivineDiana I am not a fan of Hemingway, the man. 5y
Jess_Read_This @ValerieAndBooks Thanks for the recommendation! Bruccoli was a top Fitzgerald expert so that one should be interesting! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana what do you think of Hemingway, the writer? 5y
Jess_Read_This @ValerieAndBooks aaaand I just bought myself a copy of it from Amazon. I figured since it's out of print I should at least own a copy. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Jess_Read_This Corrigan mentioned him and his extensive collection *after* I placed the order, so now I'm left wondering if he's going to be heavily Team Fitzgerald, as Corrigan is. Maybe your book will be the opposite, as the names are reversed in the title 😊. 5y
tpixie @ValerieAndBooks it sounds like Hemingway was a very complicated person. And they're so much depression and his family too. 5y
Jess_Read_This @ValerieAndBooks I have a book written by a third party friend of both of them when they were in Paris. I forget the title now but will pull it out when I get home. I haven't read it yet but maybe that would be an objective read as well. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Jess_Read_This and I put this on hold from the library, if I like it, I'll probably want my own copy as well 😊 5y
ValerieAndBooks @tpixie yes definitely. I have a couple memoirs by Hemingway family members that indicate this history. Think I'm going to make a post about it! 5y
tpixie @ValerieAndBooks this is interesting. I need to quit working and just start reading 📖 5y
rohit-sawant Who needs enemies indeed! What a horrible thing to do! 5y
tpixie I like listening to Maureen Corrigan's book reviews on NPR. 5y
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It's heartwarming to see amidst Fitzgerald's critics, that he had some genuine Gatsby fans after it was released -- Gertrude Stein (who somehow sounds like a grandma here 😊) and T.S. Eliot. Hemingway, on the other hand 😡 (I'll post about that next).

tpixie More inter- author info: I read somewhere that TS Elliott and Esp JR Tolkien didn't like Walt Disney, his Snow White movie, or his dwarves ( maybe b/c dwarves weren't like the ones in Middle-Earth! 5y
tpixie This is so cool 😎 5y
ValerieAndBooks @tpixie interesting! And it seems like authors back then interacted more with each other (for better or worse) -- nowadays do they even do that, except maybe at bookish events? I don't think today's authors would even have strong public opinions on movies, either. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @tpixie it is cool, I definitely want to read The Great Gatsby again now ( have three times so far, first time in HS of course) 5y
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The 1949 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby is this author's favorite. I did not know about this movie until now! Must watch! And movie tie-in covers are only cool if it's published at least 50 years ago, right 😎?

IamIamIam WOW, I had no idea!!!!! 5y
Texreader Awesome cover 5y
BookFreakOut Vintage movie covers are definitely acceptable! 😉 5y
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Hobbinol Gosh. I didn't know about this one either! I had to look it up on IMDb. I've just got to see Shelley Winters as Myrtle. I don't know Betty Field (Daisy) at all but she was in Of Mice and Men, as well as Bus Stop.. 5y
JazzFeathers I didn't know about this film either. But the cover? It doesn't make me think Gatsby at all 🤔🙄 5y
ValerieAndBooks @IamIamIam same here! Or that there was a silent movie version also! 5y
IamIamIam @ValerieAndBooks Whaaaaaat??? A silent version??? I must have them all!!!! Lol 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Texreader @BookFreakOut I agree that it's awesome and love the vintage look! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Hobbinol it looks like right now it's only available as a DVD to purchase but I just now watched excerpts of it from YouTube -- but couldn't find any with Myrtle in it 😟. It does feel noir-ish as the author points out 🕵️ 5y
ValerieAndBooks @JazzFeathers it's ironic that this cover has Gatsby shirtless when he has hundreds of all kinds of shirts 😂! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @IamIamIam I just found out that apparently the only footage that still exists of the silent movie is of the trailer 😢. It's on YouTube. 5y
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"Arguing with Zelda devotees about Scott's responsibility for her ruin, however, is like arguing with Rush Limbaugh about Obamacare". Both quotes on same page. Corrigan is very much Team Scott -- after all, Corrigan penned this book about The Great Gatsby and how it got to be what it is. I think Zelda's mental illness doomed her; it doesn't seem like any other husband could have prevented her sad downwards spiral. I feel sorry for both of them ?

kspenmoll Pertinent & thought provoking as For #LitsyAtoZ I just began 5y
KarenUK @kspenmoll I'm about to start that one too... for same reason! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll and @KarenUK I'll be curious what you think of Z. I bailed on it a few years back 😱. As I recall, I just couldn't get into it. It seems like a lot of people here on Litsy loved it, though! 5y
kspenmoll Will let you know; just started. 5y
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Bought myself a pretty (accurate) the other day. I love it! #keepcalmandreadon

LauraBeth Cute 😻 6y
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Halfway through! Woo-hoo! ??? Not calling it a night just yet. "If the Creek Don't Rise" is too good to put aside! ?#24in48 #Readathon

MrBook 😍😍😍 6y
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Pickpick

I feel both after listening to this book.

read_diverse_books Hmm, if this were true, I'd be much taller. 😭 6y
Texreader Excellent photo!!! 6y
Bookworm54 The cat looks so smug! 😍 6y
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I want to read smarter.

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I ❤️ Maureen Corrigan!

Lakesidemusing Ooh, this was a good one!! 6y
rachellayown I loved that book! 6y
minkyb This is new to me. Very excited. 6y
kaykay521 I loved this book! 😍 6y
Godmotherx5 I enjoy her reviews. 6y
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I recently moved to CT for a reporting job and found out that Maxwell Perkins, editor to Fitzgerald and Hemingway, lived in one of the towns I cover. I was in the area on assignment today and couldn't resist popping over to his old house. It's privately owned now, so no chance at going in, but oh to have been a fly on the wall there back in the day...

BookishFeminist So cool! I used to live down the street from Fitzgerald's home in St. Paul and would always envy the people currently living in it. This is a beautiful house! 6y
ValerieAndBooks Ok so I was curious where in CT this is (my daughter just started college in CT) and this link shows you the interior! So many bookshelves! 😍 apparently it is (or was) for sale for almost $3 million!http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-742-xyjrhj/landmark-home-of-maxwell-e-perkins-new-canaan-ct-06840 6y
Erinelizabethkayata @BookishFeminist they do tours sometimes, so I'll have to keep an eye out! I wish there was a Fitzgerald house like there is for Dickinson, but this is as close as I'll get! And @ValerieAndBooks it's in New Canaan in southern CT! And I don't doubt it-very nice and pricey area! 6y
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Pickpick

I never knew someone could love Gatsby this much and I own four copies of it. Nonetheless, an educational if not glowing look at Fitzgerald and the book that made me want to try and write creatively.

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Minor allergic reactions are no fun! Enjoying some sleepy time tea until the allergy medicine kicks in with my main man, Gatsby. My obsession is starting to get embarrassing 🙈

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I wonder what my favorite book is...

MrBook "Gone Girl"? ?! Love the shirt! 6y
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Pickpick

I love Gatsby, so, I think I was always going to love this. The author's enthusiasm was infectious.

Twocougs Love that quote❤️ 6y
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I've been looking forward to this. Finally getting to it in audio form.

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Though it bogs down a little in several places (Corrigan's enthusiasm for her subject is so great that she waxes almost too poetic at times), this is a pretty good history of one of the Great American novels, and how it almost wasn't.