The Great Gatsby.
FIRST EDITION OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD'S THE GREAT GATSBY
The Great Gatsby.
FITZGERALD, F. Scott.
Item Number: 87548
New York: Charles Scribners, 1925.
First edition, first state of Fitzgerald’s magnum opus. Octavo, original dark green cloth. First state with “chatter” p.60, “northern” p.119, “sick in tired” p.205, and “Union Street station” p. 211. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A sharp example.
In 1922, Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Cyril Connolly called The Great Gatsby one of the half dozen best American novels: "Gatsby remains a prose poem of delight and sadness which has by now introduced two generations to the romance of America, as Huckleberry Finn and Leaves of Grass introduced those before it" (Modern Movement 48). Consistently gaining popularity after World War II, the novel became an important part of American high school curricula. It was the basis for numerous stage and film adaptations. Gatsby had four film adaptations, with two exceptionally big-budget versions: the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, as well as Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carrie Mulligan. Fitzgerald’s granddaughter praised Lurhmann’s adaptation, stating “Scott would be proud.”