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Article in [[:Category:Big Read|Big Read]], [[:Category:Historical|Historical]] and [[:Category:Themes|Themes]] categories.
 
Article in [[:Category:Big Read|Big Read]], [[:Category:Historical|Historical]] and [[:Category:Themes|Themes]] categories.
  
A printable pdf of this booklist is available [http://hera.jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/gatsbyreadingmap.pdf here]  
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A printable pdf of this booklist is available [http://jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/gatsbyreadingmap.pdf here]  
  
 
==Suggestions for Further Reading==
 
==Suggestions for Further Reading==
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===Adaptations or retellings===
 
===Adaptations or retellings===
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?jake+reinvented+by+Gordon+korman '''Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=T%3A+jake+reinvented+by+Gordon++a%3A+korman&searchscope=9&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tjake+reinvented+by+Gordon+korman '''Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman''']
 
:Set in an American High School with teenage characters.  
 
:Set in an American High School with teenage characters.  
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?black+money '''Black Money'''] by Ross Macdonald.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+black+money++a%3A+macdonald&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tblack+money '''Black Money'''] by Ross Macdonald.
 
:A retelling in 1960's California.
 
:A retelling in 1960's California.
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?double+bind+bohjalian '''The Double Bind'''] by Chris Bohjalian
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+%22the+double+bind%22++a%3A+bohjalian&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xt%3A+the+double+bind++a%3A+bohjalian%26SORT%3DDZ '''The Double Bind'''] by Chris Bohjalian
 
:Features events and characters from the novel as historical background.
 
:Features events and characters from the novel as historical background.
  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?taps+at+reveille '''Taps at Reveille''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?taps+at+reveille '''Taps at Reveille''']
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?babylon+revisited+and+other+stories '''Babylon Revisited, and other stories''']
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* '''Babylon Revisited, and other stories'''
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gran+gatsby '''The Beautiful and Damned''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/aFitzgerald/afitzgerald/1%2C66%2C188%2CB/frameset&FF=afitzgerald+f+scott+francis+scott+++++1896+++++1940&1%2C%2C44 '''The Beautiful and Damned''']
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tender+is+the+night '''Tender is the Night''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+%22tender+is+the+night%22++a%3A+fitzgerald&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=ttender+is+the+night '''Tender is the Night''']
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?this+side+of+paradise '''This Side of Paradise''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+this+side+of+paradise++a%3A+fitzgerald&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tthis+side+of+paradise '''This Side of Paradise''']
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?best+early+stories+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald'''] edited by Bryant Mangum
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?best+early+stories+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald'''] edited by Bryant Mangum
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?six+tales+of+the+jazz+age '''Six Tales of the Jazz Age''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?six+tales+of+the+jazz+age '''Six Tales of the Jazz Age''']
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?basil+and+josephine+stories '''The Basil and Josephine Stories''']
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* '''The Basil and Josephine Stories'''
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?stories+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?stories+of+f+scott+fitzgerald '''The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald''']
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?essential+fitzgerald '''Essential Fitzgerald''']
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* '''Essential Fitzgerald'''
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?afternoon+of+an+author '''Afternoon of an Author''']: a selection of uncollected stories and essays
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* '''Afternoon of an Author''': a selection of uncollected stories and essays
  
 
===The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald===
 
===The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald===
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?zelda+a+biography '''Zelda, a biography'''] by Nancy Mitford
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?zelda+a+biography '''Zelda, a biography'''] by Nancy Mitford
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?crack-up '''The Crack-up'''] {by} F. Scott Fitzgerald, with other uncollected pieces, note-books, and unpublished letters, together with letters to Fitzgerald from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe and John Dos Passos, and essays and poems
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* '''The Crack-up''' {by} F. Scott Fitzgerald, with other uncollected pieces, note-books, and unpublished letters, together with letters to Fitzgerald from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe and John Dos Passos, and essays and poems
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beloved+infidel '''Beloved Infidel''']: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beloved+infidel '''Beloved Infidel''']: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank  
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  '''Did You Know?''' -- Fitzgerald was friends with [[wp:Ernest Hemingway|Ernest Hemingway]], and Scott makes
 
  '''Did You Know?''' -- Fitzgerald was friends with [[wp:Ernest Hemingway|Ernest Hemingway]], and Scott makes
   an appearance in Hemingway's [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?moveable+feast '''A Moveable Feast'''], a collection of anecdotes about expatriate
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   an appearance in Hemingway's [http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/tmoveable+feast/tmoveable+feast/1%2C2%2C4%2CB/exact&FF=tmoveable+feast&1%2C3%2C '''A Moveable Feast'''], a collection of anecdotes about expatriate
 
   life in 1920's Paris.
 
   life in 1920's Paris.
  
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'''1926'''  John Erskine,  '''The Private Life of Helen of Troy'''
 
'''1926'''  John Erskine,  '''The Private Life of Helen of Troy'''
  
'''1927'''  [[wp:Sinclair Lewis|Sinclair Lewis]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?elmer+gantry '''Elmer Gantry''']
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'''1927'''  [[wp:Sinclair Lewis|Sinclair Lewis]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/telmer+gantry/telmer+gantry/1%2C2%2C5%2CB/exact&FF=telmer+gantry&1%2C4%2C '''Elmer Gantry''']
  
 
'''1928'''  [[wp:Thornton Wilder|Thornton Wilder]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bridge+of+san+luis+rey  '''The Bridge of San Luis Rey''']
 
'''1928'''  [[wp:Thornton Wilder|Thornton Wilder]], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bridge+of+san+luis+rey  '''The Bridge of San Luis Rey''']
  
'''1929'''  [[wp:Erich Maria Remarque|Erich Maria Remarque]],  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?all+quiet+on+the+western+front '''All Quiet on the Western Front''']
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'''1929'''  [[wp:Erich Maria Remarque|Erich Maria Remarque]],  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+%22all+quiet+on+the+western+front%22++a%3A+remarque&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tall+quiet+on+the+western+front '''All Quiet on the Western Front''']
  
 
==="The Lost Generation" & other literary voices===
 
==="The Lost Generation" & other literary voices===
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[[wp:Ernest Hemingway|Ernest Hemingway]] (try [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sun+also+rises '''The Sun Also Rises'''] - 1926)
 
[[wp:Ernest Hemingway|Ernest Hemingway]] (try [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sun+also+rises '''The Sun Also Rises'''] - 1926)
  
[[wp:John dos Passos|John dos Passos]] (try *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?manhattan+transfer '''Manhattan Transfer'''] - 1925)
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[[wp:John dos Passos|John dos Passos]] (try * '''Manhattan Transfer''' - 1925)
  
 
[[wp:Sherwood Anderson|Sherwood Anderson]]
 
[[wp:Sherwood Anderson|Sherwood Anderson]]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?auntie+mame '''Auntie Mame'''] by Patrick Dennis  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?auntie+mame '''Auntie Mame'''] by Patrick Dennis  
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bandbox '''Bandbox'''] by Thomas Mallon
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* '''Bandbox''' by Thomas Mallon
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?blue+bottle+club '''Blue Bottle Club'''] by Penelope Stokes
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* '''Blue Bottle Club''' by Penelope Stokes
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?carter+beats+the+devil '''Carter Beats the Devil'''] by Glen Gold  
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* '''Carter Beats the Devil''' by Glen Gold  
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?daisy+dalrymple+mystery '''Daisy Dalrymple'''] series by Carola Dunn  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?daisy+dalrymple+mystery '''Daisy Dalrymple'''] series by Carola Dunn  
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dandelion+wine '''Dandelion Wine'''] by Ray Bradbury
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+dandelion+wine++a%3A+Ray+Bradbury&searchscope=9&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tt%3A+dandelion+wine++a%3A+Ray+Bradbury '''Dandelion Wine'''] by Ray Bradbury
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?free+love+meyers '''Free Love'''] by Annette Meyers
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* '''Free Love''' by Annette Meyers
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gatsby's+girl '''Gatsby's Girl'''] by Caroline Preston
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gatsby's+girl '''Gatsby's Girl'''] by Caroline Preston
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?jazz+morrison '''Jazz'''] by Toni Morrison
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+jazz++a%3A+morrison&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xjazz+morrison%26SORT%3DD '''Jazz'''] by Toni Morrison
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?legs+kennedy '''Legs'''] by William Kennedy
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?legs+kennedy '''Legs'''] by William Kennedy
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?place+called+rainwater '''A Place Called Rainwater'''] by Dorothy Garlock
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?place+called+rainwater '''A Place Called Rainwater'''] by Dorothy Garlock
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ragtime+doctorow '''Ragtime'''] by E. L. Doctorow  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+ragtime++a%3A+doctorow&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xragtime+doctorow%26SORT%3DD '''Ragtime'''] by E. L. Doctorow  
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?road+to+perdition '''Road to Perdition'''] by Max Allen Collins
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?road+to+perdition '''Road to Perdition'''] by Max Allen Collins
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sea+glass '''Sea Glass'''] by Anita Shreve
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+%22sea+glass%22++a%3A+Shreve&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=t%22sea+glass%22 '''Sea Glass'''] by Anita Shreve
  
 
  '''Did You Know? -- 1922''' The setting of The Great Gatsby is the year 1922.
 
  '''Did You Know? -- 1922''' The setting of The Great Gatsby is the year 1922.
 
   Also in 1922: The [[wp:Eskimo Pie|Eskimo Pie]] is patented, construction begins on [[wp:Yankee Stadium|Yankee Stadium]],
 
   Also in 1922: The [[wp:Eskimo Pie|Eskimo Pie]] is patented, construction begins on [[wp:Yankee Stadium|Yankee Stadium]],
 
   [[wp:Howard Carter (archaeologist)|Howard Carter]] opens [[wp:Tutankhamun|King Tut's Tomb]], and the [[wp:Teapot Dome Scandal|Teapot Dome Scandal]].
 
   [[wp:Howard Carter (archaeologist)|Howard Carter]] opens [[wp:Tutankhamun|King Tut's Tomb]], and the [[wp:Teapot Dome Scandal|Teapot Dome Scandal]].
   Check out:  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tutankamun+the+untold+story '''Tutankhamun: the untold story'''] by Thomas Hoving
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   Check out:  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/Xa:(thomas+Hoving+)&SORT=D/Xa:(thomas+Hoving+)&SORT=D&SUBKEY=a%3A(thomas+Hoving+)/1%2C5%2C5%2CB/frameset&FF=Xa:(thomas+Hoving+)&SORT=D&5%2C5%2C '''Tutankhamun: the untold story'''] by Thomas Hoving
 
  -- '''1925''' The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.
 
  -- '''1925''' The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.
 
   Also in 1925 [[wp:The New Yorker|The New Yorker]] magazine is first published, the [[wp:Chrysler|Chrysler Corporation]] is
 
   Also in 1925 [[wp:The New Yorker|The New Yorker]] magazine is first published, the [[wp:Chrysler|Chrysler Corporation]] is
 
   founded, [[wp:Calvin Coolidge|Calvin Coolidge]] takes office as president, the [[wp:frisbee|frisbee]] is invented, and  
 
   founded, [[wp:Calvin Coolidge|Calvin Coolidge]] takes office as president, the [[wp:frisbee|frisbee]] is invented, and  
 
   the [[wp:Scopes trial|Scopes trial]] is held in Tennesee. Check out:  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+the+time+of+silent+cal '''In the Time of Silent Cal'''] by Jules Abels
 
   the [[wp:Scopes trial|Scopes trial]] is held in Tennesee. Check out:  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+the+time+of+silent+cal '''In the Time of Silent Cal'''] by Jules Abels
  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?monkey+town '''Monkey Town'''] by Ronald Kidd.
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  '''Monkey Town'''  by Ronald Kidd.
  
 
==Get in the Mood==
 
==Get in the Mood==
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Johnny Dodds -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?great+original+performances+1923-1929 '''Great Original Performances, 1923-1929''']  
 
Johnny Dodds -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?great+original+performances+1923-1929 '''Great Original Performances, 1923-1929''']  
  
Jelly Roll Morton -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chicago+years '''The Chicago Years''']
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Jelly Roll Morton -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=jelly+roll+morton+chicago&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xjelly+roll+morton%26SORT%3DD '''The Chicago Years''']
 
   
 
   
 
Bessie Smith -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bessie+smith '''Bessie Smith''']  
 
Bessie Smith -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bessie+smith '''Bessie Smith''']  
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Ethel Waters -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ethel+waters '''Ethel Waters''']
 
Ethel Waters -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ethel+waters '''Ethel Waters''']
  
Various performers -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?favorites+of+the+roaring+twenties '''Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings'''] (2 CDs)  
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Various performers -- '''Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings''' (2 CDs)  
  
 
===Related Movies===
 
===Related Movies===
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?under+the+biltmore+clock '''Under the Biltmore Clock'''] American Playhouse, 1986 (70 min.) Based on the story "Myra Meets His Family" by F. Scott Fitzgerald  
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* '''Under the Biltmore Clock'''  American Playhouse, 1986 (70 min.) Based on the story "Myra Meets His Family" by F. Scott Fitzgerald  
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?last+time+i+saw+paris '''The Last Time I Saw Paris''']. MGM, 1954 (116 min.) Based on the story "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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* '''The Last Time I Saw Paris''' MGM, 1954 (116 min.) Based on the story "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bernice+bobs+her+hair '''Bernice Bobs Her Hair'''] originally aired on PBS, 1976. (48 min.) Based on the story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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* '''Bernice Bobs Her Hair''' originally aired on PBS, 1976. (48 min.) Based on the story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?last+of+the+belles '''The Last of the Belles''']. Originally aired on ABC TV, 1974. The story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's meeting.
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* '''The Last of the Belles''' Originally aired on ABC TV, 1974. The story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's meeting.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?f+scott+fitzgerald+the+great+american+dreamer '''F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great American Dreamer''']. Biography series., A & E Home Video, 1997 (50 min.)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?f+scott+fitzgerald+the+great+american+dreamer '''F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great American Dreamer''']. Biography series., A & E Home Video, 1997 (50 min.)
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?cotton+club+beacon '''The Cotton Club''']. Beacon Films, 1982 (29 min.) Jazz music in New York
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* '''The Cotton Club''' Beacon Films, 1982 (29 min.) Jazz music in New York
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?irving+berlin+s+alexander's+ragtime+band '''Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band''']. Twentieth Century Fox, 1938 (109 min.) 1938 Academy Award winner for Best Musical Score.
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* '''Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band''' Twentieth Century Fox, 1938 (109 min.) 1938 Academy Award winner for Best Musical Score.
  
 
  '''Did You Know?''' -- The character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on [[wp:Arnold Rothstein|Arnold Rothstein]],  
 
  '''Did You Know?''' -- The character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on [[wp:Arnold Rothstein|Arnold Rothstein]],  
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  -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chicago+black+sox+baseball+scandal '''The Chicago "Black Sox" Baseball Scandal''']: a headline court case by Michael J. Pellowski  
 
  -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chicago+black+sox+baseball+scandal '''The Chicago "Black Sox" Baseball Scandal''']: a headline court case by Michael J. Pellowski  
 
  -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?blue+ruin+boyd '''Blue Ruin''']: a novel of the 1919 World Series by Brendan Boyd
 
  -- [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?blue+ruin+boyd '''Blue Ruin''']: a novel of the 1919 World Series by Brendan Boyd
  Or watch the movie: *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?eight+men+out '''Eight Men Out''']
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  Or watch the movie: * '''Eight Men Out'''
  
 
==Flappers, Bathtub Gin, & Jazz: Nonfiction about the Roaring Twenties:==
 
==Flappers, Bathtub Gin, & Jazz: Nonfiction about the Roaring Twenties:==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?posing+a+threat '''Posing a Threat''']: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920's by Angela J. Latham  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?posing+a+threat '''Posing a Threat''']: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920's by Angela J. Latham  
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?redeeming+the+time '''Redeeming the Time''']: a people's history of the 1920's and the New Deal by Page Smith
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* '''Redeeming the Time''': a people's history of the 1920's and the New Deal by Page Smith
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rumrunning+and+the+roaring+twenties '''Rumrunning and the Roaring Twenties''']: prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway by Philip P. Mason  
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* '''Rumrunning and the Roaring Twenties''': prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway by Philip P. Mason  
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?top+drawer+american+high+society '''Top Drawer: American high society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties'''] by Mary Cable
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* '''Top Drawer: American high society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties''' by Mary Cable
  
 
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Latest revision as of 21:00, 6 September 2016

Article in Big Read, Historical and Themes categories.

A printable pdf of this booklist is available here

Suggestions for Further Reading

Alternate versions of The Great Gatsby

  • The movie starring Robert Redford & Mia Farrow

Adaptations or retellings

Set in an American High School with teenage characters.
A retelling in 1960's California.
Features events and characters from the novel as historical background.

Literary Criticism / About the novel

 Did You Know? -- Fitzgerald originally entitled the book Trimalchio in West Egg,
 after a character in the Satyricon by Petronius. The character is a wealthy man known 
 for throwing lavish dinner parties.

Scott and Zelda

Other novels and stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Babylon Revisited, and other stories
  • The Basil and Josephine Stories
  • Essential Fitzgerald
  • Afternoon of an Author: a selection of uncollected stories and essays

The lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

  • The Crack-up {by} F. Scott Fitzgerald, with other uncollected pieces, note-books, and unpublished letters, together with letters to Fitzgerald from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe and John Dos Passos, and essays and poems
  • Beloved Infidel: the education of a woman by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank
Did You Know? -- Fitzgerald was friends with Ernest Hemingway, and Scott makes
 an appearance in Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, a collection of anecdotes about expatriate
 life in 1920's Paris.

What Else Were They Reading in the 1920's?

Some bestsellers of the time

1920 Zane Grey, The Man of the Forest

1921 Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

1924 Edna Ferber, So Big

1925 Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

1926 John Erskine, The Private Life of Helen of Troy

1927 Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry

1928 Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

1929 Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

"The Lost Generation" & other literary voices

Ernest Hemingway (try The Sun Also Rises - 1926)

John dos Passos (try * Manhattan Transfer - 1925)

Sherwood Anderson

T. S. Eliot

Dashiell Hammet

Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston

Dorothy Parker

Damon Runyon

Thomas Wolfe

Virginia Woolf

High Society, at home and abroad

Ludwig Bemelmans, Hotel Bemelmans

John O'Hara (try Appointment in Samarra)

Booth Tarkington

Evelyn Waugh

Edith Wharton (try Twilight Sleep)

P. G. Wodehouse

Did You Know? -- Dan Cody, Gatsby's mentor, owns the yacht named Tuolomee -- it was
 probably named after the gold fields in northern California.

Historical fiction set in the Jazz Age

  • Bandbox by Thomas Mallon
  • Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes
  • Carter Beats the Devil by Glen Gold
  • Free Love by Annette Meyers
  • Jazz by Toni Morrison
  • Legs by William Kennedy
Did You Know? -- 1922 The setting of The Great Gatsby is the year 1922.
 Also in 1922: The Eskimo Pie is patented, construction begins on Yankee Stadium,
 Howard Carter opens King Tut's Tomb, and the Teapot Dome Scandal.
 Check out:  Tutankhamun: the untold story by Thomas Hoving
-- 1925 The Great Gatsby was published in 1925.
 Also in 1925 The New Yorker magazine is first published, the Chrysler Corporation is
 founded, Calvin Coolidge takes office as president, the frisbee is invented, and 
 the Scopes trial is held in Tennesee. Check out:  In the Time of Silent Cal by Jules Abels
  Monkey Town  by Ronald Kidd.

Get in the Mood

Music from the 1920's

Louis Armstrong -- The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings (4 CD's & a book)

Mel Bay -- Mel Bay Presents Songs of the Jazz Age (book with CD)

Russ Columbo -- Prisoner of Love: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934

Johnny Dodds -- Great Original Performances, 1923-1929

Jelly Roll Morton -- The Chicago Years

Bessie Smith -- Bessie Smith

Ethel Waters -- Ethel Waters

Various performers -- Favorites of the Roaring Twenties, from the original recordings (2 CDs)

Related Movies

  • Under the Biltmore Clock American Playhouse, 1986 (70 min.) Based on the story "Myra Meets His Family" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris MGM, 1954 (116 min.) Based on the story "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Bernice Bobs Her Hair originally aired on PBS, 1976. (48 min.) Based on the story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The Last of the Belles Originally aired on ABC TV, 1974. The story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's meeting.
  • The Cotton Club Beacon Films, 1982 (29 min.) Jazz music in New York
  • Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band Twentieth Century Fox, 1938 (109 min.) 1938 Academy Award winner for Best Musical Score.
Did You Know? -- The character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on Arnold Rothstein, 
who fixed the 1919 World Series. Although the novel doesn't discuss it at length,
readers at the time would have known the details of the allusion. Find out more about
the events and characters surroudning the scandal:
-- The Chicago "Black Sox" Baseball Scandal: a headline court case by Michael J. Pellowski 
-- Blue Ruin: a novel of the 1919 World Series by Brendan Boyd
Or watch the movie: * Eight Men Out

Flappers, Bathtub Gin, & Jazz: Nonfiction about the Roaring Twenties:

  • New World Coming: the 1920's and the making of modern America by Nathan Miller
  • Only Yesterday: an informal history of the nineteen-twenties by Frederick Lewis Allen
  • Posing a Threat: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920's by Angela J. Latham
  • Redeeming the Time: a people's history of the 1920's and the New Deal by Page Smith
  • Rumrunning and the Roaring Twenties: prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway by Philip P. Mason
  • Top Drawer: American high society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties by Mary Cable