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The Great Gatsby

great gatsby by flickr user cdrummbks Given that F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the term “Jazz Age,” it seemed appropriate to herald Jazz Appreciation Month with a look at the author’s definitive novel of the Roaring 20s, The Great Gatsby . As we note in our Big Read audio guide of the book, “the...
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900-1948), Circus , ca. 1938, oil on canvas, 36 ¼ x 24 ¼ inches, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama; Gift of the artist, 1943.5 “Mr. Fitzgerald is a novelist and Mrs. Fitzgerald is a novelty." So said writer Ring Lardner after visiting his good...
Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten . Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-54231] With a new movie of The Great Gatsby in the works, F. Scott Fitzgerald is showing up more and more in the news these...
GatsbyAloud performance at the Tempe Marketplace, Arizona. Photo by Ian Christiansen, courtesy of the Arizona Theatre Company This year, the West Valley Arts Council in Surprise, Arizona, has chosen F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as their Big Read selection. To help bring this beloved...
A scene from The Washington Ballet's The Great Gatsby . Photo by Carol Pratt In popular imagination, the Jazz Age has come to symbolize excess, hedonism, and a brash sort of glamour. Ballet on the other hand, is the pinnacle of discipline, precision, and self-possessed grace. Yet in the hands of...
Washington, DC The Great Gatsby book cover painting by Francis Cugat, used with permission of Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group. The Great Gatsby is written in the voice of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who finds himself among the New York upper-class. Nick moves...
Brunswick, GA Geri Lynn Sponaas, assistant to the director for Regional Services, Three Rivers Regional Library System; Karen Larrick, programming director at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library; and Heather Heath, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association Executive Director, present copies of...
Washington, DC "Travel" by Tiffa Day via Flickr While the newest round of looming winter storms is wreaking havoc with travel plans all across the country, it turns out that armchair traveling is still alive and well. In that spirit, here are five Big Read events that are on my wish list for...
Harrisonburg, VA Massanutten Regional Library?s Roaring 20?s Ball featured live music, dance demonstrations, and a fashion show. Photo courtesy of Massanutten Regional Library For the past four years, the Massanutten Regional Library has participated in The Big Read, bringing books ranging from To...
Washington, DC Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten, 1937. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, LC-USZ62-88103 Great books have staying power. We can see this by the popularity of certain Big Read selections. It's often the classics...

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