Book spotlight: The elusive book of 2016; The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

This First Edition published by the Folio Society 1968*, is a very scarce edition of a well known classic.

Decorative cloth cover with line drawing design and green lettering. In some cases, there is a publisher’s slipcase.

Illustrated by Charles Raymond, one of the acclaimed illustrators of the infamous 1972 The Joy of Sex.

The Great Gatsby, written in 1925, is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, and is remembered for his four novels inspired by the Jazz Age of the 1920s. His first success came in 1920, with This Side of Paradise, a re-writing of a former work. He was most notably friends with Ernest Hemingway, who thought his wife Zelda ‘insane’, and Fitzgerald’s writing of short stories to keep his wife in her opulent lifestyle, a mere sell-out. The Great Gatsby did not become popular until after Fitzgerald’s death. The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously.

*This is the book that has eluded me during 2016 despite several attempts to acquire it!

 

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