[ModLib] NOT SUCH A GREAT GATSBY

B.L. Clark cottonwoodbooks at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 28 22:58:54 EST 2008


Wasn't Scott Fitzgerald broke by 1934?  He was working for Hollywood by then, right?  95 cents may have been a splurge.

benjamin clark

--- On Sun, 12/28/08, JOSEPH HILL <goodbooks at webtv.net> wrote:
From: JOSEPH HILL <goodbooks at webtv.net>
Subject: Re: [ModLib] NOT SUCH A GREAT GATSBY
To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at owu.edu>
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2008, 9:28 PM



If I were a writer of such merit and had great love for my wife, I should not present her a 95 cent reprint but rather a fine first edition of said work.

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Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2008 5:21 PM

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Subject: Re: [ModLib] NOT SUCH A GREAT GATSBY


None of those facts, singularly or as a group, seem enough for a compelling doubt, to me.
 
In fact, reason number 3 may tend to support the authenticity of the signature. I can see an author presenting a signed copy to his wife of his very 1st work at the time of first publication. Or a copy of a later work that she had a connection or made a contribution to. Any other work signed in this fashion would possibly indicate a separation?


Neal
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On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 5:27 PM, JOSEPH HILL <goodbooks at webtv.net> wrote:



Last week I sold a Modern Library Price Guide to a collector of first editions who specializes in Fitzgerald; why he wanted a copy of the Guide, I have no idea. 

He stated that he has three inscribed Modern Library editions of the Gatsby.
I then told him of the inscribed copy to his wife that I had seen at a San Francisco book show with my eldest daughter some thirty years ago.

He then gave me the following reasons why that copy may well be a fake.
1,) No major Fitzgerald collector  knows of its existence.
2.) Even thirty years ago, the price of $1,600 would be  low.
3.) At the time the Modern Library edition was published (1934), Zelda was already institutionalized.

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