10 August 2010

Covet: F. Scott Fitzgerald



I know it's a big no-no to judge a book by its cover but how can one resist when the cover is as exquisite as these by Coralie Bickford-Smith?   Plus I truly believe that a beautiful book design only enhances the reading experience whereas a book with an unfortunate cover tends to sit on the shelf collecting dust.  I want the whole collection (of course).  How could I possibly chose just one?  Plus I am more than ready to revisit the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald....I imagine he would be quite pleased seeing his work look so elegantly dapper.  

9 comments:

David Toms said...

I am with you on this! I want the whole collection. I have been collecting over the last year or so Agatha Christie hardbacks that have been reprinted with the original covers.

W.E. said...

So glad you agree on these covers David! We should both have the entire collection on our bookshelves. Funny that you mentioned Agatha Christie as I was just telling someone about 'And Then There Were None' which was the book that got me hooked on Agatha. Your collection of original covers sounds wonderful!

Daniel-Halifax said...

Gasp! I'm speechless! I need all of these. I already have most of them, but they are such crudy copies...this is a must. Thank you so!

W.E. said...

You're very welcome DH! I fear these new shiny bright and lovely books will make the rest of my modest library quite jealous. Perhaps new dust jackets for all?

David Toms said...

Mmm, the entire collection! That would be nice. I am also hooked on AC and these reprints are wonderful. I love cover art and check out my post below. (This time only paperbacks, but equally brilliant)

http://david-toms.blogspot.com/search/label/Tom%20Adams

W.E. said...

Thanks for sharing your post David! I enjoyed the wonderfully eerie Agatha Christie covers....makes me want to bury my nose in a suspenseful novel!

David Toms said...

Go ahead, just the thing for a weekend of doing nothing. The whole series is wonderful. However not as luxurious as Fitzgerald's.Enjoy your reading.

Laurent said...

Fitzgerald's almost excruciating sensitivity to metre in his descriptive prose is, for me, on a par with his limpid choice of words. Even if these handsome covers were not respectful of his era and echelon, they would speak to those virtues very meaningfully - a single paragraph from Ch 4 in "Gatsby" will demonstrate this quality -

"Then it was all true. I saw the skins of tigers flaming in his palace on the Grand Canal; I saw him opening a chest of rubies to ease, with their crimson-lighted depths, the gnawings of his broken heart."

How Scott, yes? Thanks hugely for the advisory of this publishing event.

W.E. said...

Ah, such a lovely passage! Thank you for sharing Laurent!!!