Nonfiction on the Times and Themes of ‘The Great Gatsby’

by Kim on August 7, 2012 · 7 comments

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If there is one book-related thing I love to do more than actually reading, it’s putting together themed reading lists. Although I haven’t been doing much of that lately here, I have been putting together some lists over at Book Riot, a bookish website I contribute to weekly.

As part of Book Riot’s inaugural Riot Read (group readalong), I put together two lists of nonfiction that could be read in conjunction with The Great Gatsby, one about the life and times of F. Scott Fitzgerald and one with more contemporary books about two of the major themes in The Great Gatsby.

Comments over at Book Riot have been pretty low, but I know many readers of this blog love a good nonfiction list. I’d love to hear what you think about some of my suggestions — everything from a book on flappers to the definitive sociological look at the world of con men.

I’ve only read a couple of books on each list, but now that The Great Gatsby movie has been delayed until Summer 2013, I should have time to get to a couple more. I’d love to hear which ones you’re curious about.

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