WestportREADS: F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Dream

Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WestportREADS2012 marks 90 years since F. Scott Fitzgerald began work on his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby (published 1925). This presidential election year also brought renewed discussion of the American Dream; of the tension in American history between idealism and materialism; and of the gap—real or perceived—between very wealthy Americans and those who struggle. All these themes resonate in Fitzgerald's great novel.

Join Mark Schenker, Associate Dean at Yale College, for a non-political consideration of what The Great Gatsby continues to tell us about our nation, our history and ourselves.

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.


 

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