The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is in its fourteenth year of offering the citywide book club, On The Same Page. This year's selection expands to two titles focused on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan.
This is a great opportunity to re-discover the classics. While many people have read these books, they might not have fully been able to comprehend the power of The Great Gatsby and other poignant classics. Mount St. Joseph University English professors are teaming up to talk about some of their favorite classics at local public libraries around the city. Each discussion will last approximately 45 minutes.
Westwood Branch Library--Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m.: Drew Shannon, Ph.D., Mrs. Dalloway; Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, Ph.D., Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Delhi Township Branch Library--Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m.: Paul Jenkins, M.A., Great Expectations; Jeffrey Hillard, M.F.A., Little Big Man
Clifton Public Library--Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m.: Michael Klabunde, Ph.D., The Odyssey; Elizabeth Taryn Mason, Ph.D., Alice in Wonderland; Karl Zuelke, Ph.D., Moby Dick
On Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. readers are welcome to meet Maureen Corrigan at the Main Library's Reading Garden Lounge. She will also speak about the book and sign copies.
The Great Gatsby was conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure. The Great Gatsby is now universally revered, and reading it is a rite of passage for millions. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, the novel captured the spirit of Fitzgerald's generation and earned a permanent place in American mythology. The story of a self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with money, ambition, greed, and love embody the era and the ideals of Fitzgerald's contemporaries. But how well do we really know this beloved classic? As Fresh Air critic, Georgetown professor and Gatsby lover extraordinaire Corrigan adeptly points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power.