Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing, with "sick in tired" to p. 205. Publisher's green cloth lettered in gilt to spine and in blind to front board, fore edge of text block untrimmed. Near fine, with light soiling to front board, spine gilt bright except for publisher name at foot of spine, which is somewhat faded, a hint of rubbing to spine ends, and light offsetting to endpapers. Overall, an excellent copy of Fitzgerald's masterpiece, internally clean. Bruccoli A11.1.a While it has since been regarded as a masterful piece of classic literature, The Great Gatsby did not gain popularity until after the author's death in 1940. The novel tells the story of the star-crossed lovers Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan against the backdrop of wealthy and materialistic West Egg, Long Island, during the Prohibition Era. Although Fitzgerald meant the text to be critical of the 1920's social climate, today The Great Gatsby is beloved for its vivid descriptions of extravagant parties, palatial homes, and eccentric characters that are emblematic of the Jazz Age. The text remains extremely popular today and is widely taught in schools across the United States. The first edition was printed in a run of 20,870 copies; today, Scribner's sells almost 25 times as many copies per year as printed books and e-books.