PageTurners: Gatsby's Girl & The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F.Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, His First Love
PageTurners discuss two books. Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston (320 pages). Preston evokes the entire sweep of Ginevra's life — from her first meeting with Scott to the second act of her sometimes charmed, sometimes troubled life. Ginevra was sixteen, a rich man’s daughter who had been told she was pretty far too often for her own good. Scott was nineteen, a poor boy full of ambition. Just as Jay Gatsby was haunted by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald was haunted by his own great first who would become his first muse, the inspiration for such timeless characters as Gatsby's Daisy and Isabelle Borge in This Side of Paradise.
AND The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F.Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, his First Love by James L.W. West, III (190 pages). Using excerpts from Ginevra's diary, discovered in 2003, West adds depth to what is known about their relationship while demonstrating how characters inspired by Ginevra turn up again and again in Fitzgerald's fiction, most famously as Daisy in The Great Gatsby. It's generally accepted that meeting Ginevra was Fitzgerald's introduction to the world of privilege, inspiring his oft-used theme of the poor boy rejected by a wealthy young woman. This book contains many photos and several of Ginevra's letters (Fitzgerald's did not survive).
For copies of these books, phone 203-291-4821. New participants always welcome.
Note: Since PageTurners discussed The Great Gatsy just last summer, these are two books that work together and focus on Ginevra King, the woman who became the model for many of Fitzgerald's fictional heroines, including Daisy Buchanan. One book is a fictional account; the other a factual account of Ginevra.
Special Opportunity: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived in Westport briefly in 1920, and to celebrate their time here, former SHS English teacher Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian will give a talk about their experience in town. Twenty lucky winners will be chosen in a drawing to attend the February 2 talk, which will be at the house the Fitzgeralds rented on South Compo Road. You will receive an opportunity to enter the drawing at each WestportREADS event attended.
WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.