Careless People

Careless People

Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby

Book - 2014
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"Since its publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby has become one of the world's best-loved books, delighting readers across the world. Careless People tells the true story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, exploring in newly rich detail the relation of Fitzgerald's classic to the chaotic world he in which he lived. Fitzgerald set his novel in 1922, and Careless People carefully reconstructs the crucial months during which Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald returned to New York in the autumn of 1922 - the parties, the drunken weekends at Great Neck, Long Island, the drives back into the city to the jazz clubs and speakeasies, the casual intersection of high society and organized crime, and the growth of celebrity culture of which the Fitzgeralds themselves were the epitome. And for the first time it returns to the story of Gatsby and the high-profile murder that provided a crucial inspiration for Fitzgerald's tale. With wit and insight, Sarah Churchwell traces the genesis of a masterpiece, discovering where fiction comes from, and how it takes shape in the mind of a genius. Blending biography and history with lost and forgotten newspaper accounts, letters, and newly discovered archival material, Careless People is the biography of a book, telling the extraordinary tale of how F. Scott Fitzgerald created a classic and in the process discovered modern America"--
Publisher: New York :, The Penguin Press,, 2014
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594204746
Branch Call Number: 813.52 CHU NVD
Characteristics: xxv, 399 pages: illustrations; 25 cm


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Nov 27, 2017

A very interesting and readable book. I must say the Library Journal review is way off the mark in saying "copiously illustrated." The word should have been "pathetically". Tiny black and white photographs with very poor resolution really detract from this book.

FederalWayEdna Jun 19, 2015

Albeit a bit slow reading for me, this was an interesting biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald showing the effects of the era of "loose" living during America's prohibition period (Jazz Age) along with the lack of investigative sophistication of police work and the new mass-media style of reporting a 1922 murder that is remarkably similar to Fitzgerald's Gatsby. More interesting were the numerous words and terms that were created and that we still use today.

Aug 04, 2014

There are not many books that so perfectly capture the term non fiction that reads like fiction and this is one! Not only does it capture the time period of the 1920s, it also brings to light many details and indescrepencies that exist about the Fitzgerald novel. And this only broadens my admiration for one of the most stunningly beautiful and insightful books ever written. Then to find a book that also gives such insight and detail to this era where so many rapid changes where taking place and where the media's perception of the cold blooded crime of murder was coming into focus is truly like finding a treasure.

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