Introduced by Michael Dirda
Illustrated by Sam Wolfe Connelly
With a personal note by Francis Ford Coppola
Arguably the greatest American novel of the 20th century, Fitzgerald’s simple story of lost love has captivated readers, film-makers and fellow writers for generations.
On its first publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby was largely dismissed as a light satire on Jazz Age follies. Today, it is acknowledged as a masterpiece: a love story, an exploration of the American dream and arguably the greatest American novel of the 20th century. Narrator Nick Carraway tells the story of his neighbour Jay Gatsby, whose parties at his Long Island mansion are as lavish as his past is mysterious. Yet Gatsby cares only for one of his guests: his lost love Daisy Buchanan, now married and living across the bay. In Fitzgerald’s hands, this deceptively simple story becomes a near-perfect work of art, told in hauntingly beautiful prose.
Published in series with Tender is the Night
‘One of the greatest works of American literature ... a timeless evocation of the allure, corruption and carelessness of wealth’
Michael Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, has written a new introduction for this edition. He writes, ‘While a great novel should possess many qualities, the most essential is certainly the ability to enchant, to cast a spell over the reader’ – an ability possessed in full by ‘this ever-fresh, this ceaselessly magical novel’. Our edition also features a two-page note by the director and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola recalling his work on the 1974 film adaptation, in particular his ingenious solution to the lack of dialogue between Daisy and Gatsby in the original novel. Sam Wolfe Connelly, a young artist based in New York, has created a series of colour illustrations and the striking binding design. The metallic endpapers and slipcase are printed with a 1920s-inspired design by the artist.
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Review by anon on 1st Sep 2015
"Wolfe Connelly's illustrations complement Fitzgerald's text well. The air of mystery Fitzgerald constructs around the eponymous Gatsby is enhanced by Wolfe Connelly's use of silhouettes, which are a g..." [read more]
Review by anon on 21st Apr 2014
"I love this folio edition of The Great Gatsby.It really feels like a sort of novella as it is not as wide as the normal Folio books.Its small size also gives it an air of intimacy.The illustrations ar..." [read more]
Review by anon on 14th Oct 2013
"When asked what my favourite novel is, I have to answer that the novel I have read the most is 'The Great Gatsby' (currently standing at about 34 reads, I now read it every year without fail), and it ..." [read more]