1.17.2013

My Pretty Copy of "The Great Gatsby" and other Beautiful Books

Yesterday, in my guest post for Michaela Noelle Designs, I shared my love of F.Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'. I loved this classic novel when I first read it in highschool, and loved it even more this time around now that I have an English Degree under my belt. I also can't wait for the movie! I predict that Leo is going to be amazing and that the film is going to inspire some trends in design this year! My brother and his girlfriend gifted me this beautiful copy for Christmas, and I just can't get enough of the lovely cream and bronze cover:
  I got quite a few compliments on this copy, and a few questions as well, so I thought I would share the information with you all. Coralie Bickford-Smith is the talented designer behind the book cover. She has, in fact, designed art deco inspired black, gold and white book covers for an entire Fitzgerald series, and each one is drool worthy:
 http://www.cb-smith.com/files/gimgs/36_fscottspine.jpg 
She has also created beautiful and timeless clothbound covers for many classic literature works from Penguin Classics, including my personal fave book of all time "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. Have any of you read it? Take a look at how pretty these clothbound babies are:

via CB-Smith
My goal is to collect one of each and read them all. How beautiful would these look on a shelf in comparison to your typical paperback?! I've seen the sets sold quite pricey, but you can find them individually on Amazon for great prices (around $16 a piece for many of them).
They can be tricky to find, so use the ISBNs when you are looking for them on amazon!

I just love classic literature! It's why I chose English as my first major and I love that these books fuse good reading with my second major, good design.
xox
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ps. A special thanks to Emily from Once in a Blue Room, who first introduced me to these beautiful books!

15 comments:

Silver {A Silver Snapshot} said...[Reply]

I am so glad you included this information, considering I was one of those raving over the copy yesterday! Will definitely check out Amazon. Happy Thursday!

Brooke said...[Reply]

Ahhhh I have lusted after these Penguin Classics for so long. I would love a set for myself and the children's set for Sophia. love - love - love!

xo
brooke
www.decorgreat.blogspot.com

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...[Reply]

They are gorgeous!

Natalie said...[Reply]

I've been wanting to collect the black, white, and gold ones -- they're so gorgeous!

LiveLaughDecorate said...[Reply]

What great covers lady. True pieces of art worthy of major display. Great guest post yesterday as well.

Mademoiselle Michael said...[Reply]

Gorgeous, timeless design. Would look perfect on any bookshelf!

Did you know that Fitzgerald added to The Great Gatsby, based upon the artwork that was commissioned for him, for the cover? He was so intrigued by the eyes, that he wrote them into the novel (above the gas station). Inspiration is everywhere! :)

Vanessa Uttaro said...[Reply]

The Great Gatsby is still my favorite book! I have a tradition of re-reading it every Summer, the same old beat-up copy I've had for 14 years, so maybe it's time I upgrade to a prettier one, as well.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...[Reply]

I love that you're incorporating a passion of yours into your home's design. Makes it so special and so you!

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Steph Sterjovski said...[Reply]

I just love books for styling! I have too many coffee table books, and no coffee table haha :)

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...[Reply]

I have the Jane Eyre (one of my favorites) book and it is so beautiful. I would love to collect them all!

jackie jade said...[Reply]

love both of these sets. i've been dying for the cloth set but they are just too damn pricy. soon i can hopefully buy a few - they would look so pretty on the shelf.
-- jackiejade.blogspot.com

Yels said...[Reply]

Gorgeous books Tiffany! I own a lot of these classic titles, but they are so dog eared from over reading that I have to keep them in a cupboard. These would look so much prettier on my bookshelf. Thanks for sharing. Yels x

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Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...[Reply]

I've always wanted to get these because they are so pretty. But the frugal girl inside me points out that I already own these books in the ugly version. Sigh...what's a girl to do!

Albertina || MimosaLane said...[Reply]

me too! I love these...and have a couple around...whenever I get the chance I buy another one...so will build my collection slowly as I read them. I want my daughter to read them someday as well, so this is my real excuse.

Nicole Dianne said...[Reply]

my husband gave me the clothbound Oliver Twist and Huck Finn for Christmas and I can't wait to collect more :)