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F. Scott Fitzgerald

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...
http://youtu.be/DSlY74J6iH8 Browsing through Small Demons is like playing a literary version of Six Degrees of Separation. The site, which launched last autumn, compiles the details mentioned in some 10,000 books---the people, places, songs, products, etc.---and shows how those details connect the...
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...
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...
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...
Houma, Louisiana Houma Regional Arts Council?s Project Director for The Big Read, Larry Hyatt, participates in the Mardi Gras parade. Photo courtesy of Houma Regional Arts Council Houma, Louisiana, is working its way through The Big Read canon, having tackled To Kill a Mockingbird , Fahrenheit 451...
Baton Rouge, Louisiana April 6, 2010 The Bluebonnet Regional Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library hosted a ?Blue Tarp/Duct Tape Fashion Show? on March 20th as part of their participation in Baton Rouge?s The Big Read: One Book/One Community which runs from February to May 2010 and features...
Washington, DC http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaxzone/ / CC BY-NC 2.0 A few words from the authors of The Big Read to kick off the new year. Happy 2010 everyone! Hope is the thing with feathers/that perches in the soul/And sings the tune without the words,/And never stops at all . . . --- Emily...
September 24 , 2009 Washington, DC Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten, June 4, 1932. From the collection of The Library of Congress. Happy Birthday F. Scott Fitzgerald! In honor of the 113th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth---at 481 Laurel Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota---here's...

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