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-Article in [[:Category:Big Read|Big Read]] and [[:Category:Themes|Themes]]+Article in [[:Category:Big Read|Big Read]], [[:Category:Historical|Historical]] and [[:Category:Themes|Themes]] categories.
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 +A printable pdf of this booklist is available [http://hera.jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/gatsbyreadingmap.pdf here]
==Suggestions for Further Reading== ==Suggestions for Further Reading==
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===The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald=== ===The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald===
-The Notebooks of F. Scott Fitzgerald - 92 FITZGERALD+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?notebooks+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Notebooks of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
-The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald - 816 FITZGERALD+ 
-The Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald - 816 FITZGERALD+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?letters+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
-Save Me the Waltz, [an autobiographical novel] by Zelda Fitzgerald - F FITZGERALD+ 
-Invented Lives: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgeraldby James R. Mellow - 920 MELLOW+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?correspondence+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
-Zelda, a biography by Nancy Mitford - 92 FITZGERALD+ 
-The Crack-up{by} F. Scott Fitzgerald, with other uncollected pieces, note-books, and unpublished letters, together with letters to Fitzgerald from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe and John Dos Passos, and essays and poems - 818 FITZGERALD+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?save+me+the+waltz '''Save Me the Waltz'''] [an autobiographical novel] by Zelda Fitzgerald
-Beloved Infidel: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank - 92 FITZGERALD+ 
-The Far Side of Paradise: a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Arthur Mizener - 92 FITZGERALD+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?invented+lives+fitzgerald '''Invented Lives''']: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by James R. Mellow
-Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Matthew Bruccoli - 92 FITZGERALD+ 
- '''Did You Know?''' -- Fitzgerald was friends with Ernest Hemingway, and Scott makes+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?zelda+a+biography '''Zelda, a biography'''] by Nancy Mitford
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?crack-up '''The Crack-up'''] {by} F. Scott Fitzgerald, with other uncollected pieces, note-books, and unpublished letters, together with letters to Fitzgerald from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe and John Dos Passos, and essays and poems
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beloved+infidel '''Beloved Infidel''']: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?far+side+of+paradise '''The Far Side of Paradise''']: a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Arthur Mizener
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?some+sort+of+epic+grandeur '''Some Sort of Epic Grandeur''']: the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Matthew Bruccoli
 + 
 + '''Did You Know?''' -- Fitzgerald was friends with [[wp:Ernest Hemingway|Ernest Hemingway]], and Scott makes
an appearance in Hemingway's [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?moveable+feast '''A Moveable Feast'''], a collection of anecdotes about expatriate an appearance in Hemingway's [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?moveable+feast '''A Moveable Feast'''], a collection of anecdotes about expatriate
life in 1920's Paris. life in 1920's Paris.
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==What Else Were They Reading in the 1920's?== ==What Else Were They Reading in the 1920's?==
-'''Some bestsellers of the time:'''+===Some bestsellers of the time===
-1920 Zane Grey, The Man of the Forest+'''1920''' [[wp:Zane Grey|Zane Grey]], The Man of the Forest
-1921 Sinclair Lewis, Main Street+
-1924 Edna Ferber, So Big+
-1925 Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes+
-1926 John Erskine, The Private Life of Helen of Troy+
-1927 Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry+
-1928 Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey+
-1929 Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front+
-'''"The Lost Generation" & other literary voices:'''+'''1921''' [[wp:Sinclair Lewis|Sinclair Lewis]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?main+street+sinclair '''Main Street''']
-Ernest Hemingway (try The Sun Also Rises - 1926)+'''1924''' [[wp:Edna Ferber|Edna Ferber]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?so+big '''So Big''']
-John dos Passos (try Manhattan Transfer - 1925)+
-Sherwood Anderson+
-T. S. Eliot+
-Dashiell Hammet+
-Langston Hughes+
-Zora Neale Hurston+
-Dorothy Parker+
-Damon Runyon+
-Thomas Wolfe+
-Virginia Woolf+
-'''High Society, at home and abroad:'''+'''1925''' [[wp:Anita Loos|Anita Loos]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gentlemen+prefer+blondes '''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes''']
-Ludwig Bemelmans, Hotel Bemelmans+'''1926''' John Erskine, '''The Private Life of Helen of Troy'''
-John O'Hara (try Appointment in Samarra)+
-Booth Tarkington+
-Evelyn Waugh+
-Edith Wharton (try Twilight Sleep)+
-P. G. Wodehouse+
-Did You Know?+
-Dan Cody, Gatsby's mentor, owns the yacht named Tuomomee -- it was probably named after the gold fields in northern California.+
- +
-==A Great Age, Old Sport==+
-'''Historical fiction set in the Jazz Age:'''+'''1927''' [[wp:Sinclair Lewis|Sinclair Lewis]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?elmer+gantry '''Elmer Gantry''']
- Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis - F DENNIS+'''1928''' [[wp:Thornton Wilder|Thornton Wilder]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bridge+of+san+luis+rey '''The Bridge of San Luis Rey''']
-Bandbox by Thomas Mallon - F MALLON+
-Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes - TB STOKES+
-Carter Beats the Devil by Glen Gold - F GOLD+
-Daisy Dalyrumple series by Carola Dunn - M DUNN+
-Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury - SF/YA PB BRADBURY+
-Free Love by Annette Meyers - F MEYERS+
-Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston - F PRESTON+
-Jazz by Toni Morrison - F MORRISON+
-Legs by William Kennedy - F Kennedy+
-Oh, Play That Thing by Roddy Doyle - F DOYLE+
-A Place Called Rainwater by Dorothy Garlock - F GARLOCK+
-Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow - F DOCTOROW+
-Road to Perdition by Max Allen Collins - F COLLINS+
-Sea Glass by Anita Shreve - F SHREVE+
-Did You Know?+'''1929''' [[wp:Erich Maria Remarque|Erich Maria Remarque]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?all+quiet+on+the+western+front '''All Quiet on the Western Front''']
-1922 The setting of The Great Gatsby is the year 1922+ 
-Also in 1922: The Eskimo Pie is patented, construction begins on Yankee Stadium, Howard Carter opens King Tut's Tomb, and the Teapot Dome Scandal. Check out:+==="The Lost Generation" & other literary voices===
--- Tutankhamun: the untold story by Thomas Hoving - 932 Hoving.+ 
-1925 The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.+[[wp:Ernest Hemingway|Ernest Hemingway]] (try [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sun+also+rises '''The Sun Also Rises'''] - 1926)
-Also in 1925 The New Yorker magazine is first published, the Chrysler Corporation is founded, Calvin Coolidge takes office as president, the frisbee is invented, and the Scopes trail is held in Tennesee. Check out:+ 
--- In the Time of Silent Cal by Jules Abels - 973.15 Abels.+[[wp:John dos Passos|John dos Passos]] (try *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?manhattan+transfer '''Manhattan Transfer'''] - 1925)
--- Monkey Town by Ronald Kidd - YA Kidd.+ 
 +[[wp:Sherwood Anderson|Sherwood Anderson]]
 + 
 +[[wp:T. S. Eliot|T. S. Eliot]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Dashiell Hammet|Dashiell Hammet]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Langston Hughes|Langston Hughes]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Zora Neale Hurston|Zora Neale Hurston]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Dorothy Parker|Dorothy Parker]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Damon Runyon|Damon Runyon]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Thomas Wolfe|Thomas Wolfe]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Virginia Woolf|Virginia Woolf]]
 + 
 +===High Society, at home and abroad===
 + 
 +[[wp:Ludwig Bemelmans|Ludwig Bemelmans]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?hotel+bemelmans '''Hotel Bemelmans''']
 + 
 +[[wp:John O'Hara|John O'Hara]] (try [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?appointment+in+samarra '''Appointment in Samarra'''])
 + 
 +[[wp:Booth Tarkington|Booth Tarkington]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Evelyn Waugh|Evelyn Waugh]]
 + 
 +[[wp:Edith Wharton|Edith Wharton]] (try [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?twilight+sleep '''Twilight Sleep'''])
 + 
 +[[wp:P. G. Wodehouse|P. G. Wodehouse]]
 + 
 + '''Did You Know?''' -- Dan Cody, Gatsby's mentor, owns the yacht named Tuolomee -- it was
 + probably named after the gold fields in northern California.
 + 
 +==Historical fiction set in the Jazz Age==
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?auntie+mame '''Auntie Mame'''] by Patrick Dennis
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bandbox '''Bandbox'''] by Thomas Mallon
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?blue+bottle+club '''Blue Bottle Club'''] by Penelope Stokes
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?carter+beats+the+devil '''Carter Beats the Devil'''] by Glen Gold
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?daisy+dalrymple+mystery '''Daisy Dalrymple'''] series by Carola Dunn
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dandelion+wine '''Dandelion Wine'''] by Ray Bradbury
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?free+love+meyers '''Free Love'''] by Annette Meyers
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gatsby's+girl '''Gatsby's Girl'''] by Caroline Preston
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?jazz+morrison '''Jazz'''] by Toni Morrison
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?legs+kennedy '''Legs'''] by William Kennedy
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?oh+play+that+thing '''Oh, Play That Thing'''] by Roddy Doyle
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?place+called+rainwater '''A Place Called Rainwater'''] by Dorothy Garlock
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ragtime+doctorow '''Ragtime'''] by E. L. Doctorow
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?road+to+perdition '''Road to Perdition'''] by Max Allen Collins
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sea+glass '''Sea Glass'''] by Anita Shreve
 + 
 + '''Did You Know? -- 1922''' The setting of The Great Gatsby is the year 1922.
 + Also in 1922: The [[wp:Eskimo Pie|Eskimo Pie]] is patented, construction begins on [[wp:Yankee Stadium|Yankee Stadium]],
 + [[wp:Howard Carter (archaeologist)|Howard Carter]] opens [[wp:Tutankhamun|King Tut's Tomb]], and the [[wp:Teapot Dome Scandal|Teapot Dome Scandal]].
 + Check out: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tutankamun+the+untold+story '''Tutankhamun: the untold story'''] by Thomas Hoving
 + -- '''1925''' The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.
 + Also in 1925 [[wp:The New Yorker|The New Yorker]] magazine is first published, the [[wp:Chrysler|Chrysler Corporation]] is
 + founded, [[wp:Calvin Coolidge|Calvin Coolidge]] takes office as president, the [[wp:frisbee|frisbee]] is invented, and
 + the [[wp:Scopes trial|Scopes trial]] is held in Tennesee. Check out: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+the+time+of+silent+cal '''In the Time of Silent Cal'''] by Jules Abels
 + [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?monkey+town '''Monkey Town'''] by Ronald Kidd.
==Get in the Mood== ==Get in the Mood==
-'''Music from the 1920's'''+===Music from the 1920's===
-Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings (4 CD's & a book) - CD ARMSTRONG+Louis Armstrong -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?complete+hot+five+and+hot+seven+recordings '''The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings'''] (4 CD's & a book)
-Mel Bay - Mel Bay Presents Songs of the Jazz Age (book with CD) - 781.65 MEL+
-Russ Columbo - Prisoner of Love: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934 - CD COLUMBO+
-Johnny Dodds - Great Original Performances, 1923-1929 - CD DODDS+
-Jelly Roll Morton - The Chicago Years - CD MORTON+
-Bessie Smith - Bessie Smith - CD SMITH+
-Ethel Waters - Ethel Waters - CD WATERS+
-Various performers - Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings (2 CDs) - CD FAVORITES+
-Related Movies:+Mel Bay -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mel+bay+presents+songs+of+the+jazz+age '''Mel Bay Presents Songs of the Jazz Age'''] (book with CD)
 + 
 +Russ Columbo -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?prisoner+of+love '''Prisoner of Love''']: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934
 + 
 +Johnny Dodds -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?great+original+performances+1923-1929 '''Great Original Performances, 1923-1929''']
 + 
 +Jelly Roll Morton -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chicago+years '''The Chicago Years''']
 +
 +Bessie Smith -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bessie+smith '''Bessie Smith''']
 + 
 +Ethel Waters -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ethel+waters '''Ethel Waters''']
 + 
 +Various performers -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?favorites+of+the+roaring+twenties '''Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings'''] (2 CDs)
 + 
 +===Related Movies===
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?under+the+biltmore+clock '''Under the Biltmore Clock'''] American Playhouse, 1986 (70 min.) Based on the story "Myra Meets His Family" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?last+time+i+saw+paris '''The Last Time I Saw Paris''']. MGM, 1954 (116 min.) Based on the story "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bernice+bobs+her+hair '''Bernice Bobs Her Hair'''] originally aired on PBS, 1976. (48 min.) Based on the story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?last+of+the+belles '''The Last of the Belles''']. Originally aired on ABC TV, 1974. The story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's meeting.
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?f+scott+fitzgerald+the+great+american+dreamer '''F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great American Dreamer''']. Biography series., A & E Home Video, 1997 (50 min.)
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?cotton+club+beacon '''The Cotton Club''']. Beacon Films, 1982 (29 min.) Jazz music in New York
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?irving+berlin+s+alexander's+ragtime+band '''Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band''']. Twentieth Century Fox, 1938 (109 min.) 1938 Academy Award winner for Best Musical Score.
 + 
 + '''Did You Know?''' -- The character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on [[wp:Arnold Rothstein|Arnold Rothstein]],
 + who fixed the [[wp:1919 World Series|1919 World Series]]. Although the novel doesn't discuss it at length,
 + readers at the time would have known the details of the allusion. Find out more about
 + the events and characters surroudning the scandal:
 + -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chicago+black+sox+baseball+scandal '''The Chicago "Black Sox" Baseball Scandal''']: a headline court case by Michael J. Pellowski
 + -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?blue+ruin+boyd '''Blue Ruin''']: a novel of the 1919 World Series by Brendan Boyd
 + Or watch the movie: *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?eight+men+out '''Eight Men Out''']
-Under the Biltmore Clock. American Playhouse, 1986 (70 min.) Based on the story "Myra Meets His Family" by F. Scott Fitzgerald - VT 813 UNDER 
-The Last Time I Saw Paris. MGM, 1954 (116 min.) Based on the story "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. - VT LAST 
-Bernice Bobs Her Hair originally aired on PBS, 1976. (48 min.) Based on the story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. - VT 813 BERNICE 
-The Last of the Belles. Originally aired on ABC TV, 1974. The story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's meeting. - VT LAST 
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great American Dreamer. Biography series., A & E Home Video, 1997 (50 min.) - VT 92 FITZGERALD 
-The Cotton Club. Beacon Films, 1982 (29 min.) Jazz music in New York - VT 781 COTTON 
-Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band. Twentieth Century Fox, 1938 (109 min.) 1938 Academy Award winner for Best Musical Score. - VT ALEXANDER'S 
-Did You Know? 
-The character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on Arnold Rothstein, who fixed the 1919 World Series. Although the novel doesn't discuss it at length, readers at the time would have known the details of the allusion. Find out more about the events and characters surroudning the scandal: 
--- The Chicago "Black Sox" Baseball Scandal: a headline court case by Michael J. Pellowski - 345.026 PELLOWSKI 
--- Blue Ruin: a novel of the 1919 World Series by Brendan Byrd - F BOYD. 
-Or watch the movie: Eight Men Out 
==Flappers, Bathtub Gin, & Jazz: Nonfiction about the Roaring Twenties:== ==Flappers, Bathtub Gin, & Jazz: Nonfiction about the Roaring Twenties:==
-Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: writers running wild in the Twenties by Marion Meade - 810.9 MEADE+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bobbed+hair+and+bathtub+gin '''Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin''']: writers running wild in the Twenties by Marion Meade
-Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: how Americans lived through the "Roaring Twenties" by David E. Kyvig - 973.91 KYVIG+ 
-The Damned and the Beautiful: American youth in the 1920's by Paula S. Fass - 301.43 FASS+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?daily+life+in+the+united+states+1920-1940 '''Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940''']: how Americans lived through the "Roaring Twenties" by David E. Kyvig
-Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a lost generation love story by Amanda Vaill - 920 VAILL+ 
-Exile's Return: a literary odyssey of the 1920's by Malcolm Cowley - 810.9 COWLEY+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?damned+and+the+beautiful '''The Damned and the Beautiful''']: American youth in the 1920's by Paula S. Fass
-Fashions of a Decade: the 1920's by Jacqueline Herald - 391.09 HERALD+ 
-The Jazz Age: the 20's by the editors of Time-Life Books - 973.91 JAZZ+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?everybody+was+so+young'''Everybody Was So Young''']: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a lost generation love story by Amanda Vaill
-New World Coming: the 1920's and the making of modern America by Nathan Miller - 973.91 MILLER+ 
-Only Yesterday: an informal history of the nineteen-twenties by Frederick Lewis Allen - 973.91 ALLEN+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?exile's+return+a+literary+odyssey '''Exile's Return''']: a literary odyssey of the 1920's by Malcolm Cowley
-Posing a Threat: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920's by Angela J. Latham - 305.42 LATHAM+ 
-Redeeming the Time: a people's history of the 1920's and the New Deal by Page Smith - 973.91 SMITH+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?fashions+of+a+decade:the+1920's '''Fashions of a Decade: the 1920's'''] by Jacqueline Herald
-Rumrunning and the Roaring Twenties: prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway by Philip P. Mason - 364.133 MASON+ 
-Top Drawer: American high society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties by Mary Cable - 301.44 CABLE +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?jazz+age+the+20's '''The Jazz Age: the 20's'''] by the editors of Time-Life Books
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?new+world+coming '''New World Coming''']: the 1920's and the making of modern America by Nathan Miller
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?only+yesterday '''Only Yesterday''']: an informal history of the nineteen-twenties by Frederick Lewis Allen
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?posing+a+threat '''Posing a Threat''']: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920's by Angela J. Latham
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?redeeming+the+time '''Redeeming the Time''']: a people's history of the 1920's and the New Deal by Page Smith
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rumrunning+and+the+roaring+twenties '''Rumrunning and the Roaring Twenties''']: prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway by Philip P. Mason
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?top+drawer+american+high+society '''Top Drawer: American high society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties'''] by Mary Cable
[[Category:Big Read]] [[Category:Big Read]]
 +[[Category:Historical]]
[[Category:Themes]] [[Category:Themes]]

Current revision

Article in Big Read, Historical and Themes categories.

A printable pdf of this booklist is available here

Contents

Suggestions for Further Reading

Alternate versions of The Great Gatsby

  • The movie starring Robert Redford & Mia Farrow

Adaptations or retellings

Set in an American High School with teenage characters.
A retelling in 1960's California.
Features events and characters from the novel as historical background.

Literary Criticism / About the novel

 Did You Know? -- Fitzgerald originally entitled the book Trimalchio in West Egg,
 after a character in the Satyricon by Petronius. The character is a wealthy man known 
 for throwing lavish dinner parties.

Scott and Zelda

Other novels and stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

  • The Crack-up {by} F. Scott Fitzgerald, with other uncollected pieces, note-books, and unpublished letters, together with letters to Fitzgerald from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe and John Dos Passos, and essays and poems
  • Beloved Infidel: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank
Did You Know? -- Fitzgerald was friends with Ernest Hemingway, and Scott makes
 an appearance in Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, a collection of anecdotes about expatriate
 life in 1920's Paris.

What Else Were They Reading in the 1920's?

Some bestsellers of the time

1920 Zane Grey, The Man of the Forest

1921 Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

1924 Edna Ferber, So Big

1925 Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

1926 John Erskine, The Private Life of Helen of Troy

1927 Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry

1928 Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

1929 Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

"The Lost Generation" & other literary voices

Ernest Hemingway (try The Sun Also Rises - 1926)

John dos Passos (try *Manhattan Transfer - 1925)

Sherwood Anderson

T. S. Eliot

Dashiell Hammet

Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston

Dorothy Parker

Damon Runyon

Thomas Wolfe

Virginia Woolf

High Society, at home and abroad

Ludwig Bemelmans, Hotel Bemelmans

John O'Hara (try Appointment in Samarra)

Booth Tarkington

Evelyn Waugh

Edith Wharton (try Twilight Sleep)

P. G. Wodehouse

Did You Know? -- Dan Cody, Gatsby's mentor, owns the yacht named Tuolomee -- it was
 probably named after the gold fields in northern California.

Historical fiction set in the Jazz Age

  • Jazz by Toni Morrison
  • Legs by William Kennedy
Did You Know? -- 1922 The setting of The Great Gatsby is the year 1922.
 Also in 1922: The Eskimo Pie is patented, construction begins on Yankee Stadium,
 Howard Carter opens King Tut's Tomb, and the Teapot Dome Scandal.
 Check out:  Tutankhamun: the untold story by Thomas Hoving
-- 1925 The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.
 Also in 1925 The New Yorker magazine is first published, the Chrysler Corporation is
 founded, Calvin Coolidge takes office as president, the frisbee is invented, and 
 the Scopes trial is held in Tennesee. Check out:  In the Time of Silent Cal by Jules Abels
 Monkey Town  by Ronald Kidd.

Get in the Mood

Music from the 1920's

Louis Armstrong -- The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings (4 CD's & a book)

Mel Bay -- Mel Bay Presents Songs of the Jazz Age (book with CD)

Russ Columbo -- Prisoner of Love: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934

Johnny Dodds -- Great Original Performances, 1923-1929

Jelly Roll Morton -- The Chicago Years

Bessie Smith -- Bessie Smith

Ethel Waters -- Ethel Waters

Various performers -- Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings (2 CDs)

Related Movies

  • Under the Biltmore Clock American Playhouse, 1986 (70 min.) Based on the story "Myra Meets His Family" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Bernice Bobs Her Hair originally aired on PBS, 1976. (48 min.) Based on the story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The Last of the Belles. Originally aired on ABC TV, 1974. The story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's meeting.
Did You Know? -- The character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on Arnold Rothstein, 
who fixed the 1919 World Series. Although the novel doesn't discuss it at length,
readers at the time would have known the details of the allusion. Find out more about
the events and characters surroudning the scandal:
-- The Chicago "Black Sox" Baseball Scandal: a headline court case by Michael J. Pellowski 
-- Blue Ruin: a novel of the 1919 World Series by Brendan Boyd
Or watch the movie: *Eight Men Out

Flappers, Bathtub Gin, & Jazz: Nonfiction about the Roaring Twenties:

  • Only Yesterday: an informal history of the nineteen-twenties by Frederick Lewis Allen
  • Posing a Threat: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920's by Angela J. Latham
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