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The Resource Careless people : murder, mayhem, and the invention of the Great Gatsby, Sarah Churchwell

Careless people : murder, mayhem, and the invention of the Great Gatsby, Sarah Churchwell

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Careless people : murder, mayhem, and the invention of the Great Gatsby
Title
Careless people
Title remainder
murder, mayhem, and the invention of the Great Gatsby
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Sarah Churchwell
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • " Tracing the genesis of a masterpiece, a Fitzgerald scholar follows the novelist as he begins work on The Great Gatsby. The autumn of 1922 found F. Scott Fitzgerald at the height of his fame, days from turning twenty-six years old, and returning to New York for the publication of his fourth book, Tales of the Jazz Age. A spokesman for America's carefree younger generation, Fitzgerald found a home in the glamorous and reckless streets of New York. Here, in the final incredible months of 1922, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald drank and quarreled and partied amid financial scandals, literary milestones, car crashes, and celebrity disgraces. Yet the Fitzgeralds' triumphant return to New York coincided with another event: the discovery of a brutal double murder in nearby New Jersey, a crime made all the more horrible by the farce of a police investigation-which failed to accomplish anything beyond generating enormous publicity for the newfound celebrity participants. Proclaimed the "crime of the decade" even as its proceedings dragged on for years, the Mills-Hall murder has been wholly forgotten today. But the enormous impact of this bizarre crime can still be felt in The Great Gatsby, a novel Fitzgerald began planning that autumn of 1922 and whose plot he ultimately set within that fateful year. Careless People is a unique literary investigation: a gripping double narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime and a quest for the roots of America's best loved novel. Overturning much of the received wisdom of the period, Careless People blends biography and history with lost newspaper accounts, letters, and newly discovered archival materials. With great wit and insight, acclaimed scholar of American literature Sarah Churchwell reconstructs the events of that pivotal autumn, revealing in the process new ways of thinking about Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Interweaving the biographical story of the Fitzgeralds with the unfolding investigation into the murder of Hall and Mills, Careless People is a thrilling combination of literary history and murder mystery, a mesmerizing journey into the dark heart of Jazz Age America"--
  • "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"--
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1970-
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Churchwell, Sarah Bartlett
Dewey number
813/.52
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3511.I9
LC item number
G83185 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  • Fitzgerald, Zelda
  • Murder
  • New York (N.Y.)
Label
Careless people : murder, mayhem, and the invention of the Great Gatsby, Sarah Churchwell
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Publication
Note
Previously published: London : Virago, 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Guest List -- Introduction: 1924 -- September 1922. Chapter one: Glamour of Rumsies and Hitchcoks; Chapter two: Ash Heaps. Memory of 125th. Gt Neck -- October 1922. Chapter three: Goddards. Dwanns Swopes; Chapter four: Vegetable Days in New York. Memory of Ginevra's Wedding -- November 1922. Chapter five: The Meeting all an invention. Mary; Chapter six: Bob Kerr's Story. The 2nd Party -- December 1922-December 1924. Chapter seven: The Day in New York; Chapter eight: The Murder (inv.) -- 1925-1940. Chapter nine: Funeral an invention -- Envoi: The Orgastic Future
Control code
ocn849719207
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxv, 399 pages
Isbn
9781594204746
Lccn
2013028116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)849719207
  • (Sirsi) a1710093
Label
Careless people : murder, mayhem, and the invention of the Great Gatsby, Sarah Churchwell
Publication
Note
Previously published: London : Virago, 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Guest List -- Introduction: 1924 -- September 1922. Chapter one: Glamour of Rumsies and Hitchcoks; Chapter two: Ash Heaps. Memory of 125th. Gt Neck -- October 1922. Chapter three: Goddards. Dwanns Swopes; Chapter four: Vegetable Days in New York. Memory of Ginevra's Wedding -- November 1922. Chapter five: The Meeting all an invention. Mary; Chapter six: Bob Kerr's Story. The 2nd Party -- December 1922-December 1924. Chapter seven: The Day in New York; Chapter eight: The Murder (inv.) -- 1925-1940. Chapter nine: Funeral an invention -- Envoi: The Orgastic Future
Control code
ocn849719207
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxv, 399 pages
Isbn
9781594204746
Lccn
2013028116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)849719207
  • (Sirsi) a1710093

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