The Great Gatsby
Scribner's 1925. First edition, second printing. Very Good condition with inscription from unknown person on ffep and occasion underlining in pencil. Facsimile first issue dust jacket featuring Francis Cugat's Celestial Eyes artwork.
"By no means a 'masterpiece' - It has a serious thought, though - a man - any man - whatever his failings or shortcomings or handicaps, may be capable of some great and fine emotion which he does not feel capable of to others - To cling to his ideal in the face of great obstacles is admirable - but to make him discover that his ideal does not exist but is only the child of his brain and heart is too cynical - probably true in many like instances, but let us not admit it until, like Gatsby, we have lived but to make our ideal live - Ideals, after all, should be worshipped from afar - our own weaknesses, approaching them, helps to shatter them." Item #310071