The Great Gatsby: September Salon Intensive

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
The Great Gatsby Salon IntensiveZela's Wine Bar, HighgateOne meeting-- 5 hours10 Sept5-10 PM

The Great Gatsby Salon Intensive is being offered at the start of September to launch the 2017-18 Salon query into the title of Greatest American novel– at a moment when the idea of the United States is fraught and cracking… though we hardly need an excuse to read this gorgeous and provocative book that helps us live in the contradictions and glamour of the Jazz Age.
Reading the Great Gatsby for the first or 12th time means a delicious immersion in a shimmering world of beauty, wealth and excitement…but there is corruption beneath the surface and even our honest (non-judgemental?)narrator learns anew the dangerous seduction of beautiful people. To read this work deeply, we must sit close enough to the narrator to be in his world while allowing ourselves the space necessary to gauge the critical perception of the writer.  Of course, the work has a particular poetic language that feeds the pleasure of the read- that is also what you will appreciate with the close reading and critical consideration that is the meat of the Salon. The Salon studies underscore the recognition that “reading, while a private activity, is deeply enriched by the act of sharing with fellow readers” ( J. Ingram).

Salon Details

  • Facilitated by Toby Brothers
  • One Meeting Intensive: Sunday September 10th 5-10 PM
  • £50 for five hour study with pre-reading notes and post-meeting supporting materials
  • Recommended edition: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald,  Wisehouse Classics; 2016 ed.; ISBN-13: 978-9176371213

To register, please use the secure Paypal button below to pay £50. Opening notes will be sent shortly after registration.…welcome!




The Salon intensive is a five-hour gulp…we take in the whole book at once and the resulting discussion tends to be energetic. To participate in this Salon, you will want to read the book in preparation. If you have any questions about this study, please contact us.

“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby