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Welcome to GatsbyFlapperGirl.com, your go-to source for all things 1920s and The Great Gatsby.
Kerry Wisby: Owner & Founder
Kerry Wisby is a former teacher with a passion for the 1920s and The Great Gatsby era. As the founder and owner of this website, Kerry loves to share her knowledge and expertise with others.
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Eric Sweigert: Qualified High School Teacher
Eric Sweigert is a former high school teacher with over 5 years in California classrooms. He enjoys bringing lessons to life for students and listeners.
Eric’s love for literature has led him to share his knowledge and insights on the iconic novel, The Great Gatsby and 1920s American History.
In addition to an education career, Eric also enjoys doing voiceovers. He is an experienced video and voiceover actor, bringing skills in performance and education to create a dynamic and informative learning experience with his easy to learn Student Great Gatsby Videos or his Great Gatsby Teaching Guide for Teachers.
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Owner of GatsbyFlapperGirl.com
My name is Kerry Wisby and if you love history, specifically the Roaring 20s, this page is for you!
My Great Gatsby Obsession & Love of the 1920’s
I’ve often felt like the ultimate nerd because I’ve had this nearly life-long love affair with all things 1920s (and a little bit 1930s).
The Book That Took Over My Life!
Just like many of you, I had to read The Great Gatsby in high school. But here’s the thing, I’m a bit of a nerd (in the best possible way, of course!) Not only had I already read the book and watched the movie countless times with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, but I had also written a book report about it!
Here’s my copy of the book that took over my life! I was obsessed from the first chapter:
I know, it sounds crazy, but I used to write book reports for fun. I may have had a bit of a crush on Jay Gatsby, and I watched the movie over and over again, I was simply infatuated with all the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s!
Of course, when it came time to revamp my essay, I had something else in mind.
Naturally I Had to Produce My High School Great Gatsby Play
So, in high school, I had a brilliant idea to create a short play with some of my classmates, so I pitched it to our teacher and got the green light!
I was the writer and director, and I managed to transform my original “script” into a 30-minute masterpiece.
I even got to flex my creative muscles by choosing the perfect costumes for everyone, while my BFF worked her magic on our makeup. Needless to say, we all aced the project with flying colors and earned that sweet A+!
I Became the Talk of the Town
After the play, it seemed like everyone in school (oh heck, the whole town!) knew about my passion for the 1920s and The Great Gatsby. I’ve often wondered if reincarnation is a thing – at least that would explain my fascination with the Jazz Age! 😊
This Led Me to Become A Teacher of English Literature & American History
During my college years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I pursued my passion for the 1920s by studying American History and English Literature. As a result, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature.
I delved deeply into my passion for English Literature and History. After college, I proudly became an English Literature High School Teacher and over the years also dabbled a little in teaching American History.
I took great pride in sharing with my students my love for The Great Gatsby Novel (and my secret passion for everything 1920s – often my students would shout “Miss no more on those flapper dresses please!“😊)
My Passion for Vintage Fashion, Dancing, and All Things 1920s Has Given Me A Reputation
Once I took maternity leave from teaching I found that my love of vintage clothing, hats (This is a fashion accessory I really wish would come back into style!), the outrageous parties, flappers drinking and dancing all night long, prohibition, the gangsters, and the incredible dances, gave me a reputation that I never imagined.
My friends, family, and even co-workers asked me for advice on everything from having authentic Bonnie and Clyde costumes to which shoes work best for an Gatsby flapper outfit, what a 1920s-inspired wedding dress would look like, and even how to throw a Great Gatsby party!
And Then Baz Luhrmann Remade The Great Gatsby!!
Naturally, when Baz Luhrmann remade The Great Gatsby in 2013, I HAD to see it!
I have watched this movie countless times, over and over again! I think whoever was in charge of casting could not have made better choices than Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway.
I Was Born in the Wrong Century – I Wanna Be a Flapper Girl!
I always felt I was truly born in the wrong century, but that doesn’t mean I can’t revel in my passion and bring the spirit of the 20s to life in my own way!
Why I Created This Website
I created this website because, not only were my friends sick of hearing me talk about the Roaring 20s, but I was disappointed when I discovered that most sites are only dedicated to one thing (clothing styles or college papers).
I wanted to create something more in-depth, not only for Teachers, but also for high school and college students who need some help with The Great Gatsby (as it can be a challenging read), but for anyone interested in cosplay, costume parties, or for those who are just interested in the frivolity of the times!
Let’s bring the spirit of the Roaring 20s to life together!
What You Will Find on GatsbyFlapperGirl.com
If you’re looking for dried-up quotes and boring lectures, this isn’t where you belong! My lesson were always fun and engaging – And that’s exactly what you will find here!
The 1920s Were Joyous and Fun!
One of the things I love most about this era is the happiness that seemed to be everywhere. Whether you were a young flapper with a feather boa or a businessman exploring the stock market explosion, everyone seemed to be happy, joyous, and dancing their hearts out at the local speakeasy.
If you’re looking for the perfect flapper dress for a costume party, want to be Al Capone at your next cosplay event, or you’re reading or Teaching the book and feeling lost, just keep reading.
This is where the 1920s and the 2020’s come together, and it is going to be a party for the ages!
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