Listen to F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading Keats

John Keats was a prominent figure in the English Romanticism movement. His poetry has been studied and adored for centuries. Famously, Keats’ Odes were loved for the sensory imagery that evoked intense emotion. F. Scott Fitzgerald, known for The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise and short stories such as, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, recorded himself reading Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale”. 

Fitzgerald got the title for his novel, Tender is the Night from Keats’ poem. According to Granta Magazine,

“Fitzgerald deeply identified with John Keats – a handsome young writer proclaimed a genius early in his career, but who came to an untimely and tragic end. That was the story that ran through all of Fitzgerald’s work. In this recording he seems to be reading from memory, slightly straying from the text in places until the third stanza, where he mixes up the lines and breaks off early.” 

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Featured image courtesy of The New York Times