[ModLib] NOT SUCH A GREAT GATSBY
bookscene at gmail.com
Mon Dec 29 12:21:30 EST 2008
People don't send fine 1st editions to people in mental institutions. Zelda
was still writing and editing at that time, a working copy would be
sufficient. This is 10 years after Gatsby was published. Every institution
tells you don't send anything of value.
On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 10:28 PM, JOSEPH HILL <goodbooks at webtv.net> wrote:
> 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
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> The whole duty of art is listening for the voice of God
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> 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?
> 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
>> 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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