RARA-AVIS: Re: Gatsby & Macdonald

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 29 Nov 2004

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Frederick Zackel" <fzackel@w...> wrote:
> Ross Macdonald wrote several essays talking about Gatsby as a sort
of detective novel. I would refer you to Macdonald's "Self-portrait: Ceaselessly into the Past," published by Capra Press in 1981. "The skeleton of Fitzgerald's great work, if not its nervous system, is that of a maystery novel." Elsewhere in the essays Macdonald talks how he reads Gatsby once a year. "Like Mark Twain and Stephen Crane, Fitzgerald listened to people talking before he sat down to write."
> Best
> Fred Zackel

I'm curious: Is "Gatsby as detective" purely a Ross Macdonald theory or are there other references to it? I've read, enjoyed and appreciated many Ross Macdonald novels and Tom Nolan's excellent biography. But I don't know that I could force myself to read an essay by Macdonald entitled "Self-portrait: Ceaselessly into the Past."

Richard Moore

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