Apr 12, 2013
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is having a moment these days. Get in on the ground floor by requesting F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel from 1925 and reading it before Baz Luhrmann's lush and over-the-top adaptation hits movie theaters on May 10th. From the star-studded soundtrack to Gatsby-themed wedding dresses , Gatsby is all over popular culture.
For a fascinating exploration of how The Great Gatsby became the great American story of our age, check out Studio 360's American Icons special on the novel, featuring commentary by authors such as Jonathan Franzen and local author Patricia Hampl.
As for the author himself, the glamorous lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda remain eternally compelling. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Theresa Anne Fowler, a new novel that features Zelda as a character, is getting lots of good buzz. When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is 17 years old and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame.
For all things F. Scott Fitzgerald, check out the amazing resources available over at the St. Paul Public Library's F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading Alcove. Located in the Central Library, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading Alcove is "dedicated to advancing appreciation for Fitzgerald's literary contributions, informing visitors about the profound and long-lasting impact of his life, and celebrating a world-renowned author's beginnings in Saint Paul, Minnesota." Online, you can browse the Fitzgerald Collection and download walking tours and maps of Fitzgerald's haunts in Saint Paul.
And now, let's let have Fitzgerald himself have the last word:
"Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores." (Christian Science Monitor)