Discover more about one of modern literature’s most beloved books in a night of literature and jazz.
What inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to write The Great Gatsby? And how did the novel become one of modern literature’s most beloved books? Sarah Churchwell, author and Professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia, carefully reconstructs the time, place, people and scandals that shaped Fitzgerald and his world. Blending biography and history with newly discovered archival material, Churchwell’s Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby is a fascinating read. Churchwell reads and discusses Fitzgerald’s seminal story, while jazz band, Alligator Gumbo performs live scores from the roaring 20s. Part of Manchester Literature Festival. Matt & Phred’s, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW, 8pm, Friday 11 October, £10/£8.