So We Read on

So We Read on

How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

Book - 2014
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The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby's surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a "classic," and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender. With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, "borne back ceaselessly" into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316230070
Characteristics: 342 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Aug 07, 2019

College professor and NPR contributor Corrigan takes readers on an excursion of many aspects to reading this Great American Novel.

Book appeared in our community Little Free Library. I’d thought about reading 'The Great Gatsby' again after voting for it day-after-day last winter during the PBS Great American Read. Was #15/100. Now I will along with this one: Molly Guptill Manning's 'When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II,' something I learned about in Corrigan's book and one of those segues in reading I so enjoy!

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Feb 08, 2015

Why is this book not available in book form? In my opinion any book that is offered as an ebook at the library should also be offered as a hard copy, unless that is the only format it was published in. If the library has no membership but is carrying fewer books then the value of a free membership is diminished.

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