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Author to make case at London conference that Cushman Rice was model for Jay Gatsby

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WILLMAR -- Author Dan Hardy has built a compelling case that Col. Cushman Rice, son of one of Willmar's prominent early families and a globe-trotting soldier of fortune, was the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, "The Great Gatsby."

Hardy will have the chance to present his theory July 12 at the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference in London.

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