Literary Reputations

The Great Gatsby Uncovered

Sarah Churchwell & Alligator Gumbo

  • 11
  • Oct




American author and Fitzgerald scholar Sarah Churchwell

Jazz and swing band Alligator Gumbo in moody black and white.

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. Sarah will read and discuss Fitzgerald’s seminal story and jazz band Alligator Gumbo will perform live music from the roaring 20s.

Note: ticket holders for this event may book a table by calling 0161 839 7187 (before 6pm weekdays) or 0161 831 7002 (after 6pm).

Please note – Seated tickets for this event are now sold out. There will be a number of standing tickets available on the night on a first come, first served basis.