83 Years of Great Gatsby Book Cover Designs: A Photo Gallery

great gatsby cover designsEverybody is familiar with Francis Cugat’s original cover art for The Great Gatsby. It famously gives expression to lines from Fitzgerald’s classic work — lines that talk about Daisy Buchanan as the “girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs.” According to Charles Scribner III, the original publisher, Cugat created the design while Fitzgerald was still writing the novel, and when Fitzgerald saw the disembodied face, he couldn’t resist writing the imagery into the book. Scribner quotes the author as saying, “For Christ’s sake, dont give anyone that jacket youre saving for me. Ive written it into the book.”

Today, Cugat’s original book jacket fetches more at auction than a first edition of the novel itself. And even though many other artists have taken a crack at designing covers for The Great Gatsby, none holds a candle to Cugat’s 1925 design. Just take a look at this photo gallery at The New York Times. (Click on each cover to see them in a larger format.)

The Gatsby book covers all currently reside at the University of South Carolina, which houses other items that Fitzgerald held near and dear to him — like his copy of Joyce’s Ulysses, his leather briefcaseflask, and more. You can also find original dust jackets for Fitzgerald’s other novels on the SC web site, including Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise, and The Last Tycoon.

Related Content:

The Only Known Footage of the 1926 Film Adaptation of The Great Gatsby (Which F. Scott Fitzgerald Hated)

Seven Tips From F. Scott Fitzgerald on How to Write Fiction

Lolita Book Covers: 100+ Designs From 37 Countries (Plus Nabokov’s Favorite Design)

Jack Kerouac’s Hand-Drawn Cover for On the Road

Find The Great Gatsby in our Free eBooks collection

Find the Yale Course “Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner” in our Collection of 700 Free Online Courses

by | Permalink | Comments (0) |

Support Open Culture

We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture’s educational mission, please consider making a donation. We accept PayPal, Venmo (@openculture), Patreon and Crypto! Please find all options here. We thank you!

Leave a Reply

Open Culture was founded by Dan Colman.