Tuesday 21 November 2017

Antonia Leslie: Great Scott! Was Gatsby Irish?

F Scott Fitzgerald may have found inspiration in rags to riches tale of a Sligo emigrant to the US.

Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan
Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan

Antonia Leslie

FROM Winston Churchill and Robert Louis Stevenson to F Scott Fitzgerald and an Irish Great Gatsby – the little- known story of William Bourke Cochran (also Cockran).

It's weird how things pan out, how serendipity or what my stepmother called 'divine knitting' works.

Having just returned from seeing Baz Luhrmann's very colourful version of The Great Gatsby; at the same time, totally by chance, I had been researching Bourke Cochran, and found a link with Gatsby.

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