So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan

After graduating in Comparative Literature in 1984, I moved to West Hollywood and while reading a Fitzgerald biography, I realized I was living on the same street Scott lived on—Laurel Avenue. This was a revelation for me because in my last semester I was enthralled by a class about The Great Gatsby taught by Professor Gervais who brought Gatsby to life and began my lifelong love affair with the book.

Let me say right off that this is an amazing addition to the Fitzgerald and Gatsby canon. I read 20+ books about the Fitzgeralds for a creative nonfiction piece in my book collection Inside Orwell and other Stories. I focus more on the dark side of Scott and Zelda’s journey, which Kirkus reviewed as “…cohesive, focused, and absorbing.

I apologize for the shameless plug, but my point is that I know a lot about the Fitzgeralds, which I hope will emphasize what a well-researched, entertaining, and readable book Corrigan has written. For those who know a lot about the Fitzgeralds and Gatsby, you will learn many new aspects as you read on.

The bottom line is this is the best “Fitzgerald” book published in the last 20 years. It’s one to savor. I plan to read it again and again.

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Joseph Raffetto earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University. He can be found online @noovella on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Goodreads. His books are available on all online booksellers.