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Happy 88th year to "The Great Gatsby"!

Chris



Today is the 88th year since "The Great Gatsby" was published on April 10th, 1925. We, of course, have a special interest in anything Fitzgerald because his editor, Max Perkins, lived at 26 Main Street (now the Inn). There is even greater interest in The GG this year because the Baz Luhrman film comes out next month and we are very very interested to see how that goes (it looks Bazrageous!). Our Snapdragon literary club read it a few months back so it is fresh in our minds for film viewing.



This is from a letter Fitzgerald sent to Perkins on October 27th, 1924 with his first draft of the novel,
(I think that at last I've done something really my own), but how good "my own" is remains to be seen.

Then on November 18th, 1924 Perkins responded with this articulate and beautifully crafted response,
I think the novel is a wonder. I'm taking it home to read again and shall then write my impressions in full;—but it has vitality to an extraordinary degree, and glamour, and a great deal of underlying thought of unusual quality. It has a kind of mystic atmosphere at times that you infused into parts of "Paradise" and have not since used. It is a marvelous fusion, into a unity of presentation, of the extraordinary incongruities of life today. And as for sheer writing, it's astonishing.
You can read more of their correspondence on the site, "Letters of Note" that posts fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams and will be publishing a book next month. Did you know that the title Fitzgerald was keen to go for was actually, "Trimalchio in West Egg"? Perkins didn't quite think that was a fit and  guided him back towards his original title, "The Great Gatsby".


So, have you read it lately? If you need a refresher, this clever infographic (found on pinterest, of course) below is a help or go check out this fancy site.


We'll chat again once the movie is out!

Fassbender + Firth = Movie Magic

Chris


Can this really be true? Will the Mr. Darcy be playing literary giant Maxwell Perkins? It is! And if that isn't enough, Michael Fassbender will be playing the role of Thomas Wolfe, one of the authors Perkins discovered and mentored.  The two had a creatively fruitful yet strained relationship, which we expect to be the focus of the film.

You heard it right. Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender.


Perkins & Wolfe

Firth & Fassbender

There is some serious excitement around the project. The official synopsis: "Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Wolfe is a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins is one of the most respected and well-known literary editors of all time, discovering such iconic novelists as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Wolfe and Perkins develop a tender, complex friendship. Transformative and irrepressible, this friendship will change the lives of these brilliant, but very different men forever." Read in full here.

The script will be adapted by John Logan from the National Bestseller, "Max Perkins, Editor of Genius" by Scott A. Berg.  Logan will add this project to a long  list of screenplays, including Gladiator, Aviator, Hugo, and the new James Bond film, Skyfall.  London stage director, Michael Grandage, is the director behind the project.

We would love to be of any assistance during the research or filming process. Perhaps Colin needs a place to stay while he walks in Perkins' beloved Paradise Park and gets all zen with the history of this wonderful place. We'd be more than happy to assist--the inn is very private and quiet and he can sit in the Maxwell Perkins library and meditate.  ;) Give us a shout Colin! 

Shooting is meant to begin in early 2014.

In case you want to read more about the buzz:

Telegraph
Book Buzz
Indie wire
Filming in Asheville
Hitflix
Filmolfia


October Literary club meet-up: "Double Bind"

Chris




Last night we met to discuss, "The Call" by Yannick Murphy who actually lives one town over from us here in Windsor. It was unanimous; we all really liked it. As a novel, it has a very different tempo and structure but you get used to it quite quickly. We noticed that our discussion was a bit random but the book itself is a novel of extemporaneous thought (how most of us think). Rather than being confused and totally random, Murphy wove the free-flow thoughts of her protagonist veterinary, into a heavy story of pain, anger, patience, and empathy. It was especially fun when she mentioned things that were particularly local (like the zebra). 

So we are carrying on with our Vermont kick and reading, "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian. He is another Vermont author and the book takes place here too. 

When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet.

We were also intrigued by the connections to, "The Great Gatsby" edited by our very own Maxwell Perkins. We will meet on October 25th at 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins library. Join the Snapdragon Literary Club on facebook for any updates. All our welcome to join in on the discussion.

Speaking of Vermont authors...Archer Mayor will be reading from his new novel at the Inn on October 12th at 4PM. This event is being hosted by the Friends of the Windsor Library. You can even buy a raffle ticket that puts you in the running to name a character from his next novel...sweet!

The Great Gatsby

Innkeeper


We like to keep up to date on all things Fitzgerald since he was one of the many authors who relied heavily on the editor and former owner of Snapdragon Inn,  Max Perkins. In fact, it was our Max who continually pushed Scribner's to publish his first novel, "This Side of Paradise" in 1919.  Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby" has recently been Baz-ified and will be coming to theatres this Christmas. We were excited to see the new trailer (end of post).

Whether you love him or not, Baz Luhrman has a distinct style. Think Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet or, our favorite, Strictly Ballroom. His garish, melodramatic, spectacular, and visually hyper movies can put you over the edge or leave you on a color high. It looks like he has held nothing back in his visualization of "The Great Gatsby"

What do you think? Have you read "The Great Gasby" and are you going to go see Baz's version? 


Who is this Max Perkins?
Check out this cool Telegram.
Have you seen this movie? We loved it.
This one looks intense.

Exciting literary connections!

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Every year, The Center for Fiction, in NYC, present the Maxwell E. Perkins Award for distinguished achievement in the field of Fiction. The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. The Maxwell E. Perkins Award recognizes the work of an editor, publisher or agent, who has “discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States.” This year’s award is being given to Nan Graham, who has worked with such authors as Stephen King, Don DeLillo and Annie Proulx. 


Having such immense literary history within the walls of the Inn is thrilling and we are excited to be connected to the Center for Fiction in this way. We have donated a two night getaway package to help support the work of the center through their benefit auction being held tomorrow evening and hope to continue to support the center's ongoing efforts to support and inspire writers today--just as Max did with his writers. 

Go here for a complete press release on pitch engine. 

Happy Birthday Max Perkins

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Today we celebrate the 127th year since Max's birth in 1884. The Writer's Almanac had another wonderful segment honoring his birth that you can read here. We feel lucky to have this incredible family connection to the history of our inn and are continually excited about the richness this provides to the experience.


"An editor does not add to a book. At best he serves as handmaiden to an author. A writer's best work comes entirely from himself.
–Maxwell Perkins




“. . .There is just one person in the world today who believes I will ever come to anything. That person is Maxwell Perkins, but that man's belief means more to me now than anything on earth, and the knowledge that I have it far outweighs the belief of everyone else" 


–Thomas Wolfe



“. . .the recognizing, the encouraging, the guiding of talent—that, in his opinion, was a sacred task worth any amount of effort, of risk, of time expended.”
–JH Wheelock on Maxwell Perkins

An excerpt of this morning's Writer's Almanac:

A Harvard grad, Perkins started his publishing career in the advertising department at Scribners, the venerable — and distinctlyPrinceton — publishing house. In 1914, Perkins joined the editorial staff, where he quickly shook things up at the staid, highly traditional company by seeking out new, young writers. His first major — and controversial — acquisition came five years later with the manuscript of an unknown St. Paul man. Originally titled The Romantic Egoist, an earlier draft had been roundly dismissed and rejected by the other editors in the house, but Perkins saw promise. When F. Scott Fitzgerald revised and resubmitted the book as encouraged, Perkins accepted it against the judgment of his colleagues. The book, now titled This Side of Paradise, was a smash success, as was the follow-up, The Beautiful and the Damned.
Perkins' editorial eye, however, wasn't yet fully trusted by his co-workers. Fitzgerald'sThe Great Gatsby was a commercial disappointment, and still Perkins had the temerity to pay attention when the novelist recommended the work of an American writer he'd met in Paris: Ernest Hemingway. Again, Perkins had to fight his firm to publish Hemingway'sThe Sun Also Rises, considered profane for the time. Eventually, Scribners conceded that Perkins seemed to have a knack for his job. He became the editorial director.

We need these books

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Aren't these editions of Fitzgeralds' works just beautiful! We can't get over it and think they would be the perfect addition to the desks in each guest room. We have lots of Fitzgeralds' books in our library and we do have books in each room edited by our Max Perkins but these are stunning and would be a perfect upgrade. Now, if only they would do some Hemingway as well.  Thanks Ainsley for the link love. 

Movies! We are keen to see this one

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Zelda & Scott Fitgerald
Hemingway

Summer is a fantastic time to get out to the movies with all the big box office hits but also some of the less known films too! We have a great little cinema just over in Hanover, NH, The Nugget, that plays some of the less mainstream flix. We noticed they are currently showing, "Midnight in Paris" which has received some great reviews but more interestingly to us, is the protagonist of the movie (from NYTimes article)
runs into Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at an elegant soiree, where he hears Cole Porter crooning “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love).” He gets writing advice from a laconic Hemingway, persuades Gertrude Stein to read the manuscript of his novel, and falls in love with Picasso’s mistress. He meets Salvador Dalí, T. S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Josephine Baker, Luis Buñuel, Man Ray and others in the enormously talented cast of expatriates and bohemians that peopled Jazz Age Paris.
We are always excited to see Fitzgerald and Hemingway come alive because they are part of our story at the Snapdragon, having been edited by former owner, Max Perkins (as many of you are very well aware). Here is the link to an article in The New York Times that gives a historical look at the film, Decoding Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' When you come to the Inn, we have many books in the Maxwell Perkins Library detailing these mens' lives, their work and many of their writings. It was as the article says, "a sizzling time".

Have any of you seen it? We are hoping to get over for a viewing next week sometime.


Our chat with Dr. Verghese

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Last night we had the incredible opportunity to discuss "Cutting for Stone" with the author, Dr. Abraham Verghese via speaker phone. What a treat! He was as eloquent and articulate as the words in his book. He was very gracious and answered ALL of our questions along with a couple extra because he said he was having such a good time speaking with us. It was wonderful to sit in the Maxwell Perkins library and speak with another literary giant. The creative energy and passion was palpable. He mentioned that he attributes a lot of the success of the book to clubs like ours. This book is close to his heart and is to our as well now. It will be joining the shelves of the Maxwell Perkins library at Snapdragon Inn for sure!

If you couldn't make it last night or are interested check out this NPR interview discussing the book. His thoughts on the relationship and collaboration with his editor was especially of interest to us thanks to our connection with famed editor, Max Perkins.

Thank you NPR and Thank you Dr. Verghese for your time and thoughts. He asked that in order to complete this event that we take a picture of our club so he see could the faces of the people he was talking to.

We might not be able to speak with the author of our next book, but we have a wonderful time reading and discussing. Our next meeting is Thursday April 28th at 7PM and we are reading "Swan Thieves".

How are we connected to this iconic kissing scene?

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We wanted to start a Literary Club at the Inn because we have such an incredible literary history in the building and keeping this alive is extremely important to us. It is the perfect setting for a literary gathering, don't you think? But how is this connected to kissing on the beach? Well...

The last 2 books have been published recently but we think we'll choose one of the books Max edited in the coming months. A little Hemingway or Fitzergerald to spice things up? Or what about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings', "The Yearling" which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938. Perhaps "From here to Eternity" by James Jones which was of course adapted into film and went on to win 8 Academy awards including best picture in 1953 which answers how we are indeed connected to possibly the most iconic kiss on the beach ever! It's fascinating to see the ways in which Max Perkins is connected to so many creative projects.

We love it.

Our March Literary Club Meeting is just around the corner. If you haven't been able to read "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese, you still have a week. It is a beautifully written story that traverses time and county. We will be meeting in the Maxwell Perkins library at 7 PM next Thursday. It may seem late but it's after dinner and kids are on their way to bed so we can slip away.

See you there!