Monday, February 18, 2013

A Cover Art Tour: Classics Club Spin List Selection

The spin has been spun and #14 has won!  In my list, that means I am reading F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned by April 1st.  First published in 1922, this is a story of the elite in the Jazz Age, and is supposedly a largely autobiographical look at marriage.

I had been pretty neutral at the thought of reading this book, but then I happened to have received a beautiful new copy in the mail last week...so now of course I'm excited!  There has been quite a wonderful assortment of covers for this book, though, so a Cover Art Tour is in order.  I've chosen the ones I like best; I hope you enjoy! (images via GoodReads)


The Beautiful:
  


And Damned:
  


The Others:
     

My Collection:
I actually came across these whilst browsing Houzz, working on my
home design, and decided these were a Must Have.

14 comments:

  1. I'm totally jealous! What a beautiful collection you have. Yours are the best. It's funny. I'm totally a new book person.

    I really do not like used books--at all. I do use the library, but if I get a book with the cover bent I'm highly unlikely to read it.

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    1. I always try to be a used book person, but I rarely succeed. I love the idea of PaperbackSwap, but the fact of the matter is that I've actually tossed a couple of the books I've received into the recycle bin and go buy a new one instead. :/

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  2. In the first and second rows I like the middle one in each and in the second row I like the 3rd one as well. Just knowing the littlest bit about Fitzgerald's and Zelda's marriage those seem to be spot on.

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    1. The middle one in the first row was the original, first edition art. I like it! It looks so much like the art on the many pieces of sheet music I inherited from my grandma. I don't know much about their marriage (unless Midnight in Paris counts as research?) so this should be fun. :)

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  3. Love your collection! I think those new Fitzgerald editions are in tune with the stories they contain.

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    1. I think so too--they really feel like the jazz era to me. We are the in the middle of rebuilding a mid-century modern house and are adding a basement that will be a 1920s/1960s fusion in design...these books were my first step toward decorating it. :)

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  4. Wow! The damned ones are damn ugly! lol Poor books.

    Love your set. Gorgeous!

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    1. Right? Hahaha I almost want to search out a copy of that first ugly one just because it makes me giggle every time I see it. :)

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  5. I'll be interested to see what you think of this one as I thought Gatsby was only OK but Tender is the Night is officially one of my favourite books, ever. And I am jealous of your editions :)

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    1. Interesting! I was ambivalent towards Gatsby in high school, but was quite impressed listening to Tim Robbins read it a couple of years back. I've never read anything else of his, so I'm curious!

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  6. I've been drooling after those editions for quite some time and will own them one day!!! In the meantime, my copy of TBaTD is the first row, third book. I gotta tell you - TBaTD is one of my all-time favorite books EVER. It's not an easy book to read though - so consider yourself warned. The characters are utterly atrocious.

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    1. I really like the new designs being released by Vintage. Very classy I think. I don't impulse-buy books very often anymore, but these were just too good to risk not finding later. Good to hear this is a favorite...I'm always very curious about a famous author's backlist.

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  7. Read this many years ago and enjoyed it but can't remember much about it now! I like the second cover best - clearly a picture of Scott and Zelda.

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    1. It's a beauty, isn't it? I love the art from that era.

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