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Just a quick reminder that Friday, Sept 24 is F Scott Fitzgerald's 125th birthday! To celebrate, why not tune into the Fitzgerald Literary Conference's virtual screening of The Great Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, Robert Steven Williams's wonderful exploration of Scott and Zelda's connection to Westport, featuring the always ebullient Richard "Deej" Webb and our very own Walter Raubicheck. It's a blast. Here's the link: mcpl.libnet.info/event/5493570 ...
Happy 100th birthday to The Beautiful and Damned, which began its serial run in Metropolitan Magazine's September 1921 issue. The $7000 Fitzgerald earned in 1921 is the equivalent of $100k today. Of course, that means the 25 cents it cost to purchase this issue a century ago would run you $38 today. You can waste your life scouring the Internetz for the seven issues in which the novel appeared... issues from 1919 on, when Metropolitan ran into severe money troubles and cut back on print runs, are extremely rare to come across on Ebay and other sites. Hopefully one day we can get a complete run of the issues scanned and post for free for scholars. ...
Greetings from our president, Jackson Bryer!
Board member Erin Templeton during the summer of 2019 in the room in which Scott and Zelda stayed in 1926 in Salies-de-Béarn, France:
Two of our members from Brasil, Marcela Lanius and Roberta Fabbri Viscardi, also in Salies-de-Béarn in 2019 (the last time we could all be together!):