Inventing The Great Gatsby: 1922-1925

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In the 2015 Sulgrave Manor Watson Chair Lecture, Professor Sarah Churchwell reflects on the gestation and creation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

On publication in April 1925, the novel was greeted with some admiration, but also a great deal of puzzlement and bemusement, as well. The one thing most critics recognised was that it was an acidic satire of contemporary American life, but today, satire is very far from most people’s conception of this great American novel. Using original archival material and newly discovered contemporary responses, in this talk in honour of Gatsby’s 90th birthday, Professor Churchwell will tell the story of Fitzgerald’s developing ideas and the ways in which he conceived his novel, and the different ways it has been received in the 90 years since its publication.

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Her literary journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, TLS, New York Times Book Review, and the Spectator, among others. She comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for UK television and radio, has judged many literary prizes, including the Bailey’s (Orange) Prize for Fiction and the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. She is the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence award for 2015.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in collaboration with Sulgrave Manor


Name: Inventing The Great Gatsby: 1922-1925
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