Harvard in the Gay Nineties (the 1890’s)

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In Gatsby’s ShadowIn Gatsby’s Shadow: The Story of Charles Macomb Flandrau
by Larry Haeg
University of Iowa Press
273 pages, $29.95

 

THIS IS the first published biography of Charles Flandrau, a novelist, critic, and short story writer for the Saturday Evening Post, called “the best essayist in America” by New Yorker drama critic Alexander Woollcott in 1935. Yet Flandrau is virtually forgotten today. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1871, and the shadow to which the author alludes in the book’s title is that of fellow Minnesotan F. Scott Fitzgerald. Other than a minor guest appearance in The Beautiful and the Damned, there is little, other than geography, to tie the two together.

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