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Book Launch: 'Careless People' by Dr Sarah Churchwell *98

  • 02 Jul 2013
  • 6:30 PM
  • English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, Mayfair W1J 5ED

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

Dr. Sarah Churchwell *98, Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, will discuss some of the history around her new book. This book about the genesis of Gatsby actually had its own genesis at Princeton, and Sarah will talk about some of those ideas and histories, as well as the fun, and sometimes extraordinary, discoveries that she made at the F. Scott Fitzgerald archives at Princeton. These stories include the way that Firestone library actually helped solve a decades-long mystery about the role that The Great Gatsby played in ending Fitzgerald's friendship with one of the most important literary editors of the 1920s.

Time: 6:30 pm for drinks,
7:15 pm for talk

Tickets: £10 for dues-paying members, £20 for all others

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About the author:

Sarah Churchwell specialises in 20th-21st century and contemporary American literature and culture, and American film history. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta 2004) and co-editor of Must Read: Rediscovering the Bestseller (Continuum 2012). Her new book, Careless People, about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, is published in June 2013.

Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, the Observer, the Times, the Telegraph, the New Statesman, the Spectator, the Liberal, the Financial Times, Glamour, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire and Psychologies, among others, and she is a contributing writer for New Statesman magazine. Radio appearances include Any Questions, Front Row, Woman's Hour, the Jeremy Vine show and Radio Five Live.

She is a regular panellist on The Review Show (BBC2); other television appearances include Newsnight, This Week, The Cinema Show, ITV This Morning, BBC News and World News, Sky News, The DVD Collection, The Sharp End with Clive Anderson, The Last Word, Before the Booker, and various film documentaries, including Arena’s TS Eliot (BBC2), The Rules of Film Noir (BBC4), and Unfinished Masterpieces (BBC2). She is featured in the film documentary 'Love, Marilyn', which will appear in cinemas in Autumn 2012 and on HBO in 2013.

The venue for the talk is Dartmouth House, the former home of Edward Charles Baring, Lord Revelstoke, and home to the English Speaking Union. This magnificent mansion in the heart of Mayfair includes a restaurant, bar and courtyard, members' room and library. Dues-paying Princeton Association UK members have use of Dartmouth House facilities by showing a Princeton Association UK membership card at the front desk.

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