Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Macdonald's influence

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 29 Nov 2004

--- In, "Marc Seals" <mseals@t...> wrote:
> Has the idea of GATSBY as a PI novel already been explored? I am
giving a
> paper on that topic at the Eighth International F. Scott Fitzgerald
> Conference on Long Island this April, and I would look pretty silly
if I
> discussed the idea without at least acknowledging earlier
scholarship... of
> which I have found little.
> ~Marc

I don't know about Gatsby as a PI novel but F.Scott Fitzgerald was William Campbell Gault's favorite writer and often praised Fitzgerald and Gatsby. Gault was a member of the same writer's group as Ross McDonald (Kenneth Millar) and they maintained a sometimes prickly relationship. Perhaps the prickly aspect began when Millar introduced Gault to his wife Margaret Millar and Gault, ever gallant, took her hand and said "I'm glad to at last meet the real writer in the family." Despite that, Millar dedicated his last novel to Gault.

Richard Moore

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