The Bizarre Story Behind ‘The Great Gatsby’s Cover Art

The Bizarre Story Behind ‘The Great Gatsby’s Cover Art

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99% of the time, a book’s dust jacket is designed after the manuscript is done. The artist internalizes a scene or trope or idea from a novel and spins it into something visual.   The story is a little different for The Great Gatsby. In a 1991 essay, publishing genius Charles Scribner III called the jacket (which he revived after 40 years of it being out of print) “the most celebrated and widely disseminated jacket art in twentieth-century American literature, and perhaps of all time.”   Strangely, Fitzgerald actually saw the cover art before his manuscript was finished. The art, …

Guess How Much ‘The Great Gatsby’ Mansion Is Going For

Guess How Much ‘The Great Gatsby’ Mansion Is Going For

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The Long Island mansion said to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby is now on sale. You can snag the estate for a paltry $16.88 million. Yes, it’s that affordable!   In 1923, Mary Harriman Rumsey, daughter of railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman, purchased the estate at 235 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point, New York. By 1928, the French Normandy-style castle was built. Unsurprisingly, Rumsey held a lot of parties at the estate, and one of her regular guests was her good friend F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s rumored that Fitzgerald’s time at the Sands Point mansion inspired “Gatsby’s East Egg.”   …

Which is Which: Ed Sheeran Lyric or Great Gatsby Quote?

Which is Which: Ed Sheeran Lyric or Great Gatsby Quote?

Many of us have been made aware of Ed Sheeran’s uncanny appearance on the most recent episode of Game of Thrones released last Sunday. Albeit short, Sheeran’s presence as an unnamed soldier pacified the bitter aftertaste of a violent scene. We won’t say anymore for those who have not watched it yet and it will be up to the you to decide whether his cameo was necessary or excess.   Nevertheless, Sheeran’s mellifluous voice and his use of poetic lyrics created euphonious and memorable tunes that linger on our minds long after the song has been sung. If you have ever heard or …