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Don't forget that registration for the 16th International Conference in Växjö is open to 15 April! Hotel rates are very affordable (90-100 per night), and we keep hearing reports that airfare is cheaper than it has been in years (our tix to Copenhagen were half of what we spent to get to Venice a decade ago...). This conference is shaping up to be one of the most economical ones in a long time! Plus you won't wanna miss the great sites!
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We're excited to announce that registration is officially open for the 16th International F Scott Fitzgerald Conference from 26 June to 2 July 2023. The deadline for registration is 15 April. Don't worry, we'll be reminding everybody ... endlessly!
Just go to: axacoair.se/go?wgNO4EKo
Make sure you look at the special events on page two: there are additional excursions that will be fun and exciting you won't want to miss.
Just a quick word on pricing: we have had to add a tax fee of $10 per registration in hopes of cutting a dent in the 25% percent VAT tax we're having to pay locally per registration. In order words, for every $250 registration, we have to pay $60 in taxes. There's simply no way around it. Rather than add that money to the registration fee, we're cutting back on the number of chocolate chips per coffee-break cookie ... but we simply can't absorb that whole 1/4 tax fee by juggling numbers. The great thing is the registration fee includes the opening banquet and a couple of luncheon events: so the bang for the buck is definitely there.
Please let us know if you have any questions! ...
We're excited to announce that the publisher of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Penn State University Press, has just released not one but TWO (count 'em, two!) new books on our man. Hot off the press is James L. W. West III's BUSINESS IS GOOD: F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, PROFESSIONAL WRITER, which examines it subject's "professional life through personal letters, manuscripts, his business ledger, editions of his novels, and even a 'seven-year plan' to reveal "fascinating details about what led Fitzgerald to follow authorship as a calling, why he took on certain projects, how he managed his finances, and what influenced his writing style."
The second book is a labor of love that Jim compiled from the uncollected essays of Scott Donaldson, FITZGERALD AND THE WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES, which, no, does not feature Billie Jean King stomping Bobbie Riggs but a 60+ essay on Tender Is the Night that, as Jim writes, is the single-best explication of the novel he's ever read.
We highly recommend both of these works: they mark an effort by a university press to produce shorter and much more affordable texts for general readers.
Business Is Good: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Professional Writer By James L. W. West IIIWidely regarded as one of America’s great authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald led a life of drama and extravagance that often overshadowed his writing career. This book refocuses attention on how Fitzgerald viewed and approached the business of writing. Fitzgerald scholar James L. W. West III explores th...
Just ordered war between sexes.
An even newer way to read The Great Gatsby: with us, this summer in Växjö, a Sweden, 26 June-2 July 2023! Registration opens 15 February!
Still, this article is pretty good!
This race thing is becoming an obsession. I have a hunch the author of the article sort of mixes up class and race. Buchanan does have both class AND race prejudices. Saying that Gatsby couldn't have been anything more, in Daisy's neighbourhood, than the delivery boy at the back door, is a slur about class, not race.
Vereen had trouble with the words in “Gatsby” as a junior in college? How low are college standards these days?🙄
This is a dumb statement.I n that era, blacks would not have been invited to lavish parties, or anything else. I think we all know that Jay Gatsby was a white man. Geez.
While we work on the program for the upcoming conference in Vaxjo, Sweden, we want everybody to know basic travel and lodging information is available at Linneaus University's site for the conference.
We'll be uploading this info to our website this week.
Check out the social events Niklas and his team at Linneaus have come up with! But also check out hotel info in particular.
The 16th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society ConferenceAs we move through the 2020s, anticipating and celebrating centennial milestones in the life and career of F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is easy for us to view him as a writer defined by his historical moment.
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!):