Careless People If you put all the books about F. Scott Fitzgerald in a stack, the resulting tower would be — apologies for the scientific jargon —… Careless People If you put all the books about F. Scott Fitzgerald in a stack, the resulting tower would be — apologies for the scientific jargon —… 2014-01-23 Nonfiction The Penguin Press
Book Review

Careless People (2014)

CARELESS PEOPLE Sarah Churchwell
CARELESS PEOPLE Sarah Churchwell
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 23, 2014; Writer: Sarah Churchwell; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: The Penguin Press

If you put all the books about F. Scott Fitzgerald in a stack, the resulting tower would be — apologies for the scientific jargon — really, really tall. In fact, it would almost certainly fall over. So it takes a bold writer to try tossing another one on the pile — and here comes one now! Sarah Churchwell's Careless People concerns the writing of The Great Gatsby and the cultural and societal forces that inspired its superdrunk author. The book's an unusual mix of criticism, biography, and true crime, all of it bound together by Churchwell's lyrical prose and, frankly, the sheer force of her will. Not everything is new here (how could it be?), but it's an evocative read. It belongs on the tower, even if somebody else's book has to come off. A-

Originally posted Jan 22, 2014 Published in issue #1296-1297 Jan 31, 2014 Order article reprints
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