Careless People Murder Mayhem and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
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|Careless People Murder Mayhem and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell|
|Reviewer: Tanja Jennings|
|Summary: This exquisitely crafted, meticulously researched, entertaining, fascinating, witty and insightful biography sparkles with the spirit of the jazz age, charting F. Scott Fitzgerald's inspiration for his magnum opus "The Great Gatsby". It is an elegiac masterpiece that plays on the reader's senses like a sad symphony as tales of lost dreams unfold.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 448||Date: March 2014|
|Publisher: Virago Press|
|External links: Author's website|
In this accomplished literary biography Professor Churchwell expertly weaves together three guest lists- the Fitzgeralds and literary cast of New York, the sensationalist tragic murder victims and suspects of New Brunswick, New Jersey and the careless characters of F. Scott's novel using the Fitzgeralds' archives, newspaper clippings, literary scrapbooks,diary entries and anecdotes to link the stories and chronicle the heedless hedonism of the 1920s. It is not only a meticulously researched tribute tracing the genesis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s plot skeleton, which he roughly sketched in pencil in the back of a book, entitled Man’s Hope, but it also sparkles with sophisticated vocabulary fizzing with the effervescence of a glass of champagne providing new treats for the reader with each inviting chapter.
So if you want to discover how to conjugate the word cocktail, read about where Gatsby sprang from, explore a decade of irresponsibility and glamour and learn about the notorious Hall- Mills murder case look no further than this excellent, literary biography which includes an impressive bibliography and comprehensive notes on every source consulted. It is the perfect tribute to a literary genius forgotten in his own lifetime and a philosophical commentary on the restless, self-destructive jazz age.
To appreciate Churchwell's masterpiece, a re-reading of the classic The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is essential. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler or Beautiful Fools by R Clifton Spargo, an account of an ill fated trip to Cuba, will also offer readers a gateway into the tragic world of a once golden, feted couple who become victims of their success and excess.
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