Library to host ‘The Great Gatsby’ book lecture

As part of JVBL Reads “The Great Gatsby” initiative, the James V. Brown Library will host a special lecture and discussion on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s background and literary legacy with John W. Poritsky, assistant professor of English-composition at Pennsylvania College of Technology, at 6 p.m. Dec. 5, in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing.

Poritsky will give a presentation about Fitzgerald and then move into discussion of the book with group members.

“The Great Gatsby” epitomizes the Jazz Age, the post-World-War-I era fraught with materialism and reckless behavior. Fitzgerald explores his appreciation of the roaring ’20s, while he exposes the undesirable side-effects of such unmitigated freedom. The novel explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring ’20s that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American dream.

Although the importance of this novel was not immediately recognized, it is now recognized as one of the greatest works of its time. “The Great Gatsby” has achieved a permanent place on the required reading lists in high schools and college classrooms.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Visit or call 570-326-0536 to register, or for more information. The book can be checked out for free at the library in the main circulation room.