So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures
Maureen Corrigan, the book critic for "Fresh Air" and a Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out that whi ...more
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece wasn’t always so admired, however. Reviews – by both professional critics and some of the author’s closest friends – were mixed, and sales were modest. Much of its second printin ...more
This is a beautiful love song to my favorite novel , an analysis of the story , its characters and its themes and the author's tribute not just to the novel but to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Corrigan , a professor at Georgetown and NPR book critic , reminded me of everything that I love about this book - the perfect language that never gets old even though I've read this book multiple times , Gatsby's dreams and desires , the time and place .
This brought me back to my colle ...more
The year I turned 13, I became the owner of a scruffy paperback copy of The Great Gatsby. I fell in love the first time I read through it, then proceeded to read it another thirty times. Read every Fitzgerald novel I could find, every biography, every short story. I carried Gatsby around with me all that year, balanced on top of my pile of school books as I went from class to class. Though we studied it for Honors English, ...more
NPR book critic/Georgetown professor Maureen Corrigan loves The Great Gatsby, as do I, so much so that she wrote this delightful, didactic book: So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures . With great élan, she argues Gatsby is the Great American Novel because, among other things, Gatsby splendidly captured:
Americans' quotidian desire for achieving the American dream of fortune, fame and happy fami...more
So here's the thing. If you have not re-read The Great Gatsby since you possibly (probably) read it in high school, or you have never read it, you need to read or re-read it. This book really confirms that The Great Gatsby is being wasted on high school students. I felt that way when I re-read Gatsby before seeing the Baz Luhrmann version. I sat there gobsmacked staring at the last line, "so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" and thought about all the lo ...more
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote what is arguably the Great American Novel, but died believing himself to be a failure. In So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures, Maureen Corrigan shares her deep love and understanding of this complex, intricately-structured novel. She also provides insights into Fitzgerald’s life as he wrote, and obsessively re-wrote, his most celebrated work. Here’s Maureen poring over Fitzgerald’s personal copy of the first edition of Gatsby in the Fitzger...more
I have been remiss. or did I never know how prolific a writer he was in his short years. Have since bought a book of his short stories, he wrote over 200. His relationships, where he wrote, his reverence of other authors, his lo ...more
How many times have I read Gatsby? I read it in high school several times, first in the paperback used by high school English classes. It was not required reading for my classes, but in my teen years I was reading Modern fiction and spent my much of m ...more
To that end, So We Read On doesn't limit itself to focusing on TGG. Corrigan also gives us a picture of Fitgerald's early life in St Paul, Minnesota, his life with Zelda, his experience in NYC and Long Island that contributed directly to scenes in TGG, how he was viewed by critics, other authors and the public, what he wrote before and after ...more
this is sort of a summary of how the book was conceived, received, reviewed, reappraised, with some details ab ...more
The biggest problem I had was that I feel it never really answered the title. "How Gatsby came to be and why it endures" She definitely OVER did the "how [it] came to be", but I don't feel that she clearly and cohesively addressed why it ...more
Another big chunk of this book is simply Corrigan's exploration of Fitzgerald archives and her own past. Also not why I picked it up.
So I'm rather disappointed with this one overall. I expected something better written, and more... Engaging? Serious? Organized? Corrigan uses so many adjectives, it's over-written; if I had to read the word "hard boiled" one more time, to describe anything, I wa ...more
This book is a gift for anyone that loves what the weight and flow of just the right words can do and then is brave enough to give it a try. I'm starting to work on a novel I've been thinking about for decades. This rendering of an iconic novel and its author is both raw and charming. It's a reminder to trust my own instinc ...more
Corrigan gives incredible insight into the world of the Great Gatsby and to Fitzgerald himself in an accessible and gripping way. She gives so many details I didn't know (very refreshing) and presents many different ideas about passages and influences to Fitzgerald's writing of the American classic.
Her writing bounces from being elevated to colloquial, which I liked, bu ...more
It’s Fitzgerald’s thin-but-durable urge to affirm that finally makes Gatsby worthy of being our Great American Novel. Its soaring conclusion tells us that, even though Gatsby dies and the small and corrupt survive, his longing was nonetheless magnificent.
Organization : 3/5 - This book is part Fitzgerald biography (mostly Scott though a fair amount of Zelda too), part literary analysis, part personal memoir of Corrigan's experiences in reading The Great Gatsby, promoting it as par ...more
I'm not really a The Great Gatsby fan, at least so far. But I love books about other people's book obsessions, and Corrigan makes a convincing case that I may have to give it a third try. What really struck me most in this book is her descri ...more
Corrigan, who was one of the guides of the NEA’s Big Read of Gatsby, presents a thorough literary analysis that also delves into Fitzgerald’s biography as well as a cultural history of the book. Corr ...more
Corrigan holds a B.A. from Fordham University as well as an M.A. and Ph.D from t ...more