After The Great Gatsby | Wyatt’s World

Director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet; Moulin Rouge) returns to the screen on May 10 with his adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. An anticipated stylized, visual, and aural bacchanal, the film is likely to pique interest in the life and work of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Here are five suggested titles for displays and for patrons who become fans.

  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (Griffin: St. Martin’s). A first-person fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald, popularly known as the Southern belle who threw convention to the wind and cut a swath through the Jazz Age.
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner). If the film prompts a closer read of Fitzgerald’s work, next turn to Hemingway (the writer’s friend and foe) for added context to the 1920s, a decade of literary intrigue.
  • The Jazz Age by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra (BMG). The Great Gatsby soundtrack features Ferry as well as artists, Jack White, and Lana Del Rey. In this new album, Ferry reimagines his work debuting in the 1920s; a swing-y, bright, and inventive ode to an era.
  • The Great Gatsby audiobook narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Bks.). Muller’s classic reading is a prime companion to the novel and ideal for displays and suggested listening. Additional notable readings by Tim Robbins, Alexander Scourby, and Robertson Dean may also be considered.
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Viking). Suggesting read-alikes for classics is tricky, but Towles’s complex and vivid novel depicting high society at the end of the Depression resonates brilliantly with Fitzgerald’s novel.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at