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A printable pdf of this booklist is available [http://jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/gatsbyreadingmap.pdf here]  
  
 
==Suggestions for Further Reading==
 
==Suggestions for Further Reading==
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===Alternate versions of The Great Gatsby===
 
===Alternate versions of The Great Gatsby===
  
The movie starring Robert Redford & Mia Farrow
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*The [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/q?author=redford&title=Great+Gatsby '''movie'''] starring Robert Redford & Mia Farrow
Audio book on CD or cassette
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En Español: El Gran Gatsby [traducción: Julia Martin]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?SEARCH=t:great+gatsby&SORT=D&m=i&m=z '''Audio book'''] on CD or cassette
Trimalchio: an early version of The Great Gatsby
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*En Español: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gran+gatsby '''El Gran Gatsby'''] [traducción: Julia Martin]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?trimalchio+an+early+version+of+the+great+gatsby '''Trimalchio: an early version of The Great Gatsby''']
  
 
===Adaptations or retellings===
 
===Adaptations or retellings===
  
Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman - set in an American High School with teenage characters - YA Korman
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?jake+reinvented+by+Gordon+korman '''Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman''']
Black Money by Ross Macdonald - a retelling in 1960's California - M MACDONALD
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:Set in an American High School with teenage characters.
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian - features events and characters from the novel as historical background - F BOHJALIAN
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?black+money '''Black Money'''] by Ross Macdonald.
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:A retelling in 1960's California.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?double+bind+bohjalian '''The Double Bind'''] by Chris Bohjalian
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:Features events and characters from the novel as historical background.
  
 
===Literary Criticism / About the novel===
 
===Literary Criticism / About the novel===
  
Twentieth Century Interpretations of The Great Gatsby: a collection of critical essays edited by Ernest H. Lockridge - 813.09 LOCKRIDGE
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?twentieth+century+interpretations+of+the+great+gatsby  '''Twentieth Century Interpretations of The Great Gatsby''']: a collection of critical essays edited by Ernest H. Lockridge.
The Great Gatsby: the limits of wonder by Richard Lehan - 813.52 LEHAN
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Readings on The Great Gatsby ed. by Katie de Koster - 813.52 READINGS
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?great+gatsby+the+limits+of+wonder '''The Great Gatsby: the limits of wonder'''] by Richard Lehan.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?readings+on+the+great+gatsby '''Readings on The Great Gatsby'''] ed. by Katie de Koster
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   '''Did You Know?''' -- Fitzgerald originally entitled the book Trimalchio in West Egg,
 
   '''Did You Know?''' -- Fitzgerald originally entitled the book Trimalchio in West Egg,
 
   after a character in the [[wp:Satyricon|Satyricon]] by Petronius. The character is a wealthy man known  
 
   after a character in the [[wp:Satyricon|Satyricon]] by Petronius. The character is a wealthy man known  
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==Scott and Zelda==
 
==Scott and Zelda==
  
Other novels and stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
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===Other novels and stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald===
  
Taps at Reveille
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?taps+at+reveille '''Taps at Reveille''']
Babylon Revisited, and other stories
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The Beautiful and Damned
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Tender is the Night
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This Side of Paradise
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The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald edited by Bryant Mangum
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Six Tales of the Jazz Age
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The Basil and Josephine Stories
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The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Essential Fitzgerald
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Afternoon of an Author, a selection of uncollected stories and essays - 810.8 FITZGERALD
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The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald:
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The Notebooks of F. Scott Fitzgerald - 92 FITZGERALD
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?babylon+revisited+and+other+stories '''Babylon Revisited, and other stories''']
The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald - 816 FITZGERALD
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The Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald - 816 FITZGERALD
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gran+gatsby '''The Beautiful and Damned''']
Save Me the Waltz, [an autobiographical novel] by Zelda Fitzgerald - F FITZGERALD
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Invented Lives: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgeraldby James R. Mellow - 920 MELLOW
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tender+is+the+night '''Tender is the Night''']
Zelda, a biography by Nancy Mitford - 92 FITZGERALD
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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
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?this+side+of+paradise '''This Side of Paradise''']
Beloved Infidel: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank - 92 FITZGERALD
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The Far Side of Paradise: a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Arthur Mizener - 92 FITZGERALD
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?best+early+stories+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald'''] edited by Bryant Mangum
Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Matthew Bruccoli - 92 FITZGERALD
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Did You Know?
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?six+tales+of+the+jazz+age '''Six Tales of the Jazz Age''']
Fitzgerald was friends with Ernest Hemingway, and Scott makes an appearance in Hemingway's A Movable Feast, a collection of anecdotes about expatriate life in 1920's Paris.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?basil+and+josephine+stories '''The Basil and Josephine Stories''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?stories+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?essential+fitzgerald '''Essential Fitzgerald''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?afternoon+of+an+author '''Afternoon of an Author''']: a selection of uncollected stories and essays
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===The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald===
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?notebooks+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Notebooks of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?letters+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?correspondence+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?save+me+the+waltz '''Save Me the Waltz'''] [an autobiographical novel] by Zelda Fitzgerald
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?invented+lives+fitzgerald '''Invented Lives''']: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by James R. Mellow
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?zelda+a+biography '''Zelda, a biography'''] by Nancy Mitford
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*[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
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beloved+infidel '''Beloved Infidel''']: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?far+side+of+paradise '''The Far Side of Paradise''']: a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Arthur Mizener
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*[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
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'''Did You Know?''' -- Fitzgerald was friends with [[wp:Ernest Hemingway|Ernest Hemingway]], and Scott makes
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  an appearance in Hemingway's [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?moveable+feast '''A Moveable Feast'''], a collection of anecdotes about expatriate
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  life in 1920's Paris.
  
 
==What Else Were They Reading in the 1920's?==
 
==What Else Were They Reading in the 1920's?==
  
'''Some bestsellers of the time:'''
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===Some bestsellers of the time===
  
1920  Zane Grey, The Man of the Forest
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'''1920'''   [[wp:Zane Grey|Zane Grey]], The Man of the Forest
1921  Sinclair Lewis, Main Street
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1924  Edna Ferber, So Big
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1925  Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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1926  John Erskine, The Private Life of Helen of Troy
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1927  Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry
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1928  Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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1929  Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
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'''"The Lost Generation" & other literary voices:'''
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'''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)
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'''1924'''  [[wp:Edna Ferber|Edna Ferber]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?so+big '''So Big''']
John dos Passos (try Manhattan Transfer - 1925)
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Sherwood Anderson
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T. S. Eliot
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Dashiell Hammet
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Langston Hughes
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Zora Neale Hurston
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Dorothy Parker
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Damon Runyon
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Thomas Wolfe
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Virginia Woolf
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'''High Society, at home and abroad:'''
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'''1925'''  [[wp:Anita Loos|Anita Loos]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gentlemen+prefer+blondes '''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes''']
  
Ludwig Bemelmans, Hotel Bemelmans
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'''1926'''  John Erskine, '''The Private Life of Helen of Troy'''
John O'Hara (try Appointment in Samarra)
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Booth Tarkington
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Evelyn Waugh
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Edith Wharton (try Twilight Sleep)
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P. G. Wodehouse
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Did You Know?
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Dan Cody, Gatsby's mentor, owns the yacht named Tuomomee -- it was probably named after the gold fields in northern California.
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==A Great Age, Old Sport==
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'''Historical fiction set in the Jazz Age:'''
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'''1927'''  [[wp:Sinclair Lewis|Sinclair Lewis]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?elmer+gantry '''Elmer Gantry''']
  
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis - F DENNIS
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'''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
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Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes - TB STOKES
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Carter Beats the Devil by Glen Gold - F GOLD
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Daisy Dalyrumple series by Carola Dunn - M DUNN
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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury - SF/YA PB BRADBURY
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Free Love by Annette Meyers - F MEYERS
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Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston - F PRESTON
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Jazz by Toni Morrison - F MORRISON
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Legs by William Kennedy - F Kennedy
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Oh, Play That Thing by Roddy Doyle - F DOYLE
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A Place Called Rainwater by Dorothy Garlock - F GARLOCK
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Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow - F DOCTOROW
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Road to Perdition by Max Allen Collins - F COLLINS
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Sea Glass by Anita Shreve - F SHREVE
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Did You Know?
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'''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
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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:
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==="The Lost Generation" & other literary voices===
-- Tutankhamun: the untold story by Thomas Hoving - 932 Hoving.
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1925 The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.
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[[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:
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-- In the Time of Silent Cal by Jules Abels - 973.15 Abels.
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[[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.
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[[wp:Sherwood Anderson|Sherwood Anderson]]
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[[wp:T. S. Eliot|T. S. Eliot]]
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[[wp:Dashiell Hammet|Dashiell Hammet]]
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[[wp:Langston Hughes|Langston Hughes]]
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[[wp:Zora Neale Hurston|Zora Neale Hurston]]
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[[wp:Dorothy Parker|Dorothy Parker]]
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[[wp:Damon Runyon|Damon Runyon]]
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[[wp:Thomas Wolfe|Thomas Wolfe]]
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[[wp:Virginia Woolf|Virginia Woolf]]
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===High Society, at home and abroad===
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[[wp:Ludwig Bemelmans|Ludwig Bemelmans]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?hotel+bemelmans '''Hotel Bemelmans''']
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[[wp:John O'Hara|John O'Hara]] (try [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?appointment+in+samarra '''Appointment in Samarra'''])
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[[wp:Booth Tarkington|Booth Tarkington]]
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[[wp:Evelyn Waugh|Evelyn Waugh]]
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[[wp:Edith Wharton|Edith Wharton]] (try [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?twilight+sleep '''Twilight Sleep'''])
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[[wp:P. G. Wodehouse|P. G. Wodehouse]]
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'''Did You Know?''' -- Dan Cody, Gatsby's mentor, owns the yacht named Tuolomee -- it was
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  probably named after the gold fields in northern California.
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==Historical fiction set in the Jazz Age==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?auntie+mame '''Auntie Mame'''] by Patrick Dennis
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bandbox '''Bandbox'''] by Thomas Mallon
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?blue+bottle+club '''Blue Bottle Club'''] by Penelope Stokes
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?carter+beats+the+devil '''Carter Beats the Devil'''] by Glen Gold
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?daisy+dalrymple+mystery '''Daisy Dalrymple'''] series by Carola Dunn
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dandelion+wine '''Dandelion Wine'''] by Ray Bradbury
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?free+love+meyers '''Free Love'''] by Annette Meyers
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gatsby's+girl '''Gatsby's Girl'''] by Caroline Preston
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?jazz+morrison '''Jazz'''] by Toni Morrison
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?legs+kennedy '''Legs'''] by William Kennedy
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?oh+play+that+thing '''Oh, Play That Thing'''] by Roddy Doyle
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?place+called+rainwater '''A Place Called Rainwater'''] by Dorothy Garlock
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ragtime+doctorow '''Ragtime'''] by E. L. Doctorow
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?road+to+perdition '''Road to Perdition'''] by Max Allen Collins
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sea+glass '''Sea Glass'''] by Anita Shreve
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'''Did You Know? -- 1922''' The setting of The Great Gatsby is the year 1922.
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  Also in 1922: The [[wp:Eskimo Pie|Eskimo Pie]] is patented, construction begins on [[wp:Yankee Stadium|Yankee Stadium]],
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  [[wp:Howard Carter (archaeologist)|Howard Carter]] opens [[wp:Tutankhamun|King Tut's Tomb]], and the [[wp:Teapot Dome Scandal|Teapot Dome Scandal]].
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  Check out: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tutankamun+the+untold+story '''Tutankhamun: the untold story'''] by Thomas Hoving
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-- '''1925''' The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.
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  Also in 1925 [[wp:The New Yorker|The New Yorker]] magazine is first published, the [[wp:Chrysler|Chrysler Corporation]] is
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  founded, [[wp:Calvin Coolidge|Calvin Coolidge]] takes office as president, the [[wp:frisbee|frisbee]] is invented, and  
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  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
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  [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'''
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===Music from the 1920's===
  
Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings (4 CD's & a book) - CD ARMSTRONG
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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
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Russ Columbo - Prisoner of Love: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934 - CD COLUMBO
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Johnny Dodds - Great Original Performances, 1923-1929 - CD DODDS
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Jelly Roll Morton - The Chicago Years - CD MORTON
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Bessie Smith - Bessie Smith - CD SMITH
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Ethel Waters - Ethel Waters - CD WATERS
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Various performers - Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings (2 CDs) - CD FAVORITES
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Related Movies:
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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)
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Russ Columbo -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?prisoner+of+love '''Prisoner of Love''']: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934
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Johnny Dodds -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?great+original+performances+1923-1929 '''Great Original Performances, 1923-1929''']
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Jelly Roll Morton -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chicago+years '''The Chicago Years''']
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Bessie Smith -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bessie+smith '''Bessie Smith''']
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Ethel Waters -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ethel+waters '''Ethel Waters''']
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Various performers -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?favorites+of+the+roaring+twenties '''Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings'''] (2 CDs)
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===Related Movies===
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*[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
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*[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.
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*[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.
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*[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.
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*[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.)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?cotton+club+beacon '''The Cotton Club''']. Beacon Films, 1982 (29 min.) Jazz music in New York
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*[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.
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'''Did You Know?''' -- The character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on [[wp:Arnold Rothstein|Arnold Rothstein]],
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who fixed the [[wp:1919 World Series|1919 World Series]]. Although the novel doesn't discuss it at length,
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readers at the time would have known the details of the allusion. Find out more about
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the events and characters surroudning the scandal:
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-- [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
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-- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?blue+ruin+boyd '''Blue Ruin''']: a novel of the 1919 World Series by Brendan Boyd
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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
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*[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
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The Damned and the Beautiful: American youth in the 1920's by Paula S. Fass - 301.43 FASS
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*[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
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Exile's Return: a literary odyssey of the 1920's by Malcolm Cowley - 810.9 COWLEY
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*[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
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The Jazz Age: the 20's by the editors of Time-Life Books - 973.91 JAZZ
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*[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
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Only Yesterday: an informal history of the nineteen-twenties by Frederick Lewis Allen - 973.91 ALLEN
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*[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
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Redeeming the Time: a people's history of the 1920's and the New Deal by Page Smith - 973.91 SMITH
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*[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
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Top Drawer: American high society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties by Mary Cable - 301.44 CABLE
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?jazz+age+the+20's '''The Jazz Age: the 20's'''] by the editors of Time-Life Books
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?new+world+coming '''New World Coming''']: the 1920's and the making of modern America by Nathan Miller
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?only+yesterday '''Only Yesterday''']: an informal history of the nineteen-twenties by Frederick Lewis Allen
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*[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  
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*[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
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*[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  
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*[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
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:19, 3 June 2014

Article in Big Read, Historical and Themes categories.

A printable pdf of this booklist is available here

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:

  • New World Coming: the 1920's and the making of modern America by Nathan Miller
  • 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