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Fitzgerald and Lake Forest

At the Paris Review blog, Jason Diamond writes an interesting piece on F. Scott Fitzgerald's early visits to Lake Forest, Illinois ("the Greenwich of the Midwest") and his first girlfriend Ginevra King, both of which may have been his first inspirations for The Great Gatsby. I read Gatsby for the first time just a few years ago, but was less than impressed, primarily due to the non-believability of its two-dimensional characters. Maybe I should give it another try.

July 23, 2012 in Books | Permalink


I was never impressed with Gatsby. I'd read it for class in high school, and I read it later as an adult for a book discussion group. Meh. I think it may be more of a sign of its times than a lasting classic. Where will it be in another generation?

Posted by: Paul Lamb at Jul 23, 2012 5:51:59 PM