Careless People

Careless People

Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby

Book - 2014
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An investigation into the inspiration behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece traces his parties and quarrels at the side of Zelda amid the scandals of 1922 before a double murder in New Jersey set the stage for what was to become an American classic.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
Copyright Date: c2013.
ISBN: 9781594204746
Characteristics: xxv, 399 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,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.

FW_librarian 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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