My Newest Illustrated Classic: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
I am so excited to announce my newest illustrated book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, available for pre-order on February 1st.
I read The Great Gatsby for the first time my junior year in high school. I was an avid reader, but hadn’t been exposed to much classic literature. Gatsby was assigned for my AP English class, and I wasn’t what you would call “excited” for it. I knew nothing about it. But I’ll tell you – I devoured it. It elicited such a strong emotional response in me – shock, elation, despair. When I turned that last page, I remember being floored. No book had ever inspired such awe in me.
I think I’ve read this novel every year since. Every time I read it, I discover new details. With each reread, I am shocked, elated, and despaired anew.
I know it’s a controversial novel, but I will stand by this opinion: The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest American novel ever written. It’s short poignancy deserves the utmost praise, even if you hate every. single. character. (But admit it, for an antihero, Gatsby is *kisses fingers*).
Illustrating one of the best novels of all time was a challenge, to be honest. I sat with it for almost a year before I got the courage to pick up my paintbrush. I wanted to be sure to do it justice. Well, with hours of painting behind me, I am so happy with how it turned out. And I can’t wait to share this passion project with you all.
This beautiful hardcover edition of The Great Gatsby features original cover art and several full color illustrations on the inner pages. It is complete and unabridged. The book will be available exclusively on my website, and will open for pre-order starting on February 1st at 10am CST. All pre-ordered books will receive a free bookplate.
From the back:
“Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!”Jay Gatsby is famous for his lavish parties, his immaculate mansion, and his mysteriously amassed fortune. Everyone knows him – yet no one knows him. Compelled by devotion to his former lover, Daisy, Gatsby will stop at nothing to “repeat the past” and win her back. But at what cost?The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby (1925) is a novel of lyrical beauty and ruthless reality. This classic tale of hope and disillusionment encapsulates the spirit and excitement of the age in which it was written. Gatsby is a luminary; his dream unattainable; his story a myth.This edition has been lovingly brought to life with original illustrations by Haleigh DeRocher.