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The Staying Power of the Great Gatsby: MSMU Lecture Examines why we Still Care About the Classic Novel

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The Great Gatsby was published 92 years ago, but millions of people still read it each year. Maureen Corrigan, Ph.D., book critic for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, and the Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University, will take a fresh look at the origins and popularity of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece during the Ducharme lecture at Mount St. Mary’s University on Wednesday, March 15. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

maureencorrigan_2014-250.jpgCorrigan is an expert in the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her latest book “So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures” was selected as an Editors' Choice by The New York Times Book Review, and named as a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Kansas City (Missouri) Star.

She is also an expert in the literature of New York City, American detective fiction, American women's autobiography, the work of American public intellectuals in the 20th century, and 19th century British poetry and prose.

Corrigan is also the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. She served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, as a juror and panel head for the LA Times Book Prize for two consecutive years, and as advisor to the National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" Project. She serves on the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary and as an advisor to the American Writers Museum (under construction in Chicago).

Corrigan is also a mystery columnist for The Washington Post and publishes regularly on NPR online. Other reviews and essays have been published in Salon, the Atlantic online, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Nation, Newsday, the New York Observer, the Village Voice, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in the social criticism of Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin and William Morris. She received her B.A. in English from Fordham University.

Date, time and location - The Ducharme Lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 4 p.m. (new time!) in Knott Auditorium at Mount St. Mary’s University. Registration is not required.

More on the Ducharme Lecture Series - The Ducharme Lecture Series is an annual lecture series fostering integration of knowledge in the liberal arts curriculum. The series is named for Robert Ducharme, Professor Emeritus of English.

Communications Staff