Judging a book by its cover

My all-time favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Its the book that when we first started reading it in high school I didn’t like, but a few chapters into it, I couldn’t put the book down. Ever since reading it, I’ve been a sucker for anything with the original cover art on it. The original cover art for the book (above) has so much meaning in it. I hate that other covers have been made for the book that do not include the symbolism that the original one does.

The original cover was illustrated by Francis Cugat. The cover was completed before the book was so Fitzgerald incorporated the cover illustration into the book. Every piece of the cover represents something in the book, but not in an obvious way. The green tear drop that is streaming down the face represents a green light and the eyes on the cover that look like a woman’s eyes actually represent a man’s eyes. It is the perfect cover for an exceptionally great book.

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