Richard Webb Jr. joins Lit Chat to discuss his book Boats Against the Current. Boats Against the Current is an essential document for anyone who has read The Great Gatsby and wondered at the fantastical world whose story it tells. After Barbara Probst Solomon wrote in a piece for The New Yorker, that Westport was the real setting for The Great Gatsby, Richard Webb Jr. knew he had to research the claim. Webb grew-up in Westport and always felt a connection between Fitzgerald's work and the town.
Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda is the companion piece to Gatsby in Connecticut, the story of F. Scott and Zelda's wild summer of 1920.
As James West III, General Editor of the definitive Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald says: "It is rare to find anything new in Fitzgerald Scholarship-truly it is. Most of it is familiar and very repetitive. Well, this is truly fresh."
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