Suggesting that there might be a true story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Great Gatsby, Sarah Churchwell delves into the news of the 1920s and uncovers a forgotten scandal. The 1922 Hall-Mills murder case involved the shooting deaths of a married Episcopal priest and a member of his choir; relatives of the priest were the main suspects, and their trial was the most sensational of the decade. Churchwell also probes Fitzgerald's letters, written plans for his novel, and the text of Gatsby to find the genesis of an American classic.
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