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Luxury Edition of The Great Gatsby Original Handwritten Manuscript by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Editions des Saints Pères (SP Books) has published the original 302-page autographed manuscript, of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby handwritten manuscript in a large format, luxury, cloth bound boxed edition housed at Princeton University, for a limited number of collectors.

Baz Luhrmann, who directed the 2013 Great Gatsby movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, has written a new foreword to accompany the manuscript. 

Throughout the handwritten pages, of the deluxe new edition, the novel's characters are sketched, revised, and born. Readers are able to see iconic chapters re-written and re-worked in Fitzgerald's own handwriting. Did you know when Fitzgerald first started writing, "Daisy" was named "Ada" and "Nick" was "Dud"?


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The manuscript is full of surprises. Entire scenes are extended. Passages are crossed out while others are added with a carat. Lots of details change. The main difference is that Jay Gatsby's character appears more mysterious: the story of his rise to wealth isn't revealed until the very end of the manuscript.

Hand-numbered from 1 to 1,800, each book is presented in a 14x10 inch slipcase bound, and sewn using only the finest materials. The slipcase and cover ornamentations are iron gilded, and the pages are printed using vegetal ink on environmentally friendly paper.

From F. Scott Fitzgerald own handwritten notes:

The Great Gatsby

"I want to write something new — something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned."

With these words, written to his editor during the summer of 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald began planning his magnum opus: the great American novel of the 20th century. Despite the success of his first two novels, the young author wanted this one to be different, a "consciously artistic achievement", a "purely creative work". He put his pencil to paper and worked relentlessly in Great Neck, New York — the Long Island town that served as a model for Gatsby's "West Egg" — then along the much calmer French Riviera.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's handwritten manuscript

This document is the only complete autograph manuscript of The Great Gatsby. Throughout its handwritten pages, the novel's characters are sketched, revised, and born. The manuscript is full of surprises. Entire scenes are extended.


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Passages are crossed out while others are added with a caret. Lots of details change. The main difference is that Jay Gatsby's character is darker than in the published text, and he appears more mysterious: the story of his rise to wealth isn't revealed until the very end of the manuscript.

A limited, large format, luxury edition

Hand-numbered from 1 to 1,800, each book is presented in a 14x10 inch slipcase, bound, and sewn using only the finest materials. The slipcase and cover ornamentations are iron gilded, and the pages are printed using vegetal ink on environmentally friendly paper.

This is the perfect gift for a student, collector, literature lover, or connoisseur of the jazz age.

The book is available at www.spbooks.com

 

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