Recent Fitzgerald and Gatsby Coverage

"F. Scott Fitzgerald was a fan of John Keats" writes Festival member Radhika Iyer who  won first place this August at the Utah League of Writers Contest.


"Legend has it that when Fitzgerald sat down to write, he had Keats’s poem, “Ode to a Nightingale” laid out in front of him. Traces of Keats’s poetry flow through his many scenes, including this one from The Great Gatsby:

‘“He lit Daisy’s cigarette from a trembling match, and sat down with her on a couch far across the room, where there was no light save what the gleaming floor bounced in from the hall.”

One feels the same sombre energy in the following lines from the Ode:

"Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays;
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.

In his letters to his daughter Scottie, Fitzgerald urged her to ingest Keats if she wanted to be a good writer. And that is what I wanted to be too. A good writer."

Read  Iyer's full article here

 

Ron Charles (of The Washington Post) reviews and loves the latest in"Gatsby" adaptations.
Nghi Vo’s demonic adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’ might be — gasp — jazzier than the original.

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     BBC

The Great Gatsby is synonymous with parties, glitz and glamour – but this is just one of many misunderstandings about the book that began from its first publication.

"Of all the reviews, even the most enthusiastic, not one had the slightest idea what the book was about" – F Scott Fitzgerald

 

Read a BBC article: The world's most misunderstood novel

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210209-the-worlds-most-misunderstood-novel

New Takes on Gatsbuy 

"More than 25m copies of The Great Gatsby have been sold since it was first published in 1925, and the expiration of copyright, 95 years after it was released, opens the door to anything and everything fans might want to do with it. The start of the year also brought the release of The Gay Gatsby (“Everyone’s got something to hide, but the secrets come out at Gaylord Gatsby’s parties – the gayest affairs West Egg ever had…”), and Jay the Great, a “modern retelling” of the story...."
                                                                                                         From The Guardian