Scott Fitzgerald and Gatsby in Connecticut
March 23 @ 2:00 pm
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Author Richard “Deej” Webb will discuss his book Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda. Deej will chat about his book and do a multimedia presentation, then take questions from viewers.
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, Connecticut. It was an experience that had a more profound impact on both of their collective works than any other place they lived. The Fitzgeralds lived a wild life of drinking, driving, and endless partying while living in suburban Connecticut. As it happens, living near the beach, they were neighbors to a larger-than-life reclusive multi-millionaire, F.E. Lewis.
Boats Against the Current tells the real story behind The Great Gatsby and its tragic hero, debunking the long-held belief that the book was solely inspired by the Fitzgerald’s time in Great Neck, across the Sound in Long Island, and lays out enough information about the fascinating Mr. Lewis that it is difficult not to believe that author Webb has located the true inspiration for one of the most captivating and iconic characters in American literature, the great Gatsby himself.
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