Ex Libris – The Great Gatsby

I love books. And I love pretty books even more! One of my all time favourite Penguin book designers is Coralie Bickford-Smith. She also was the genius behind the Sherlock Holmes covers I blogged about a few months ago.

The next book on my reading list is The Great Gatsby (coincidently following Great Expectations – any other “Great” books I should read next?) and she has designed the most beautiful covers for this book. Part of a series of F. Scott Fitzgerald novels, she designed the most stunning Art Deco-inspired covers that made me want to buy the entire set just because they were gorgeous. I had to have at least one, so I went with the Fitzgerald most familiar to me.

“He must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about…like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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