[ModLib] Faux Gatsby and ML Ripper

John Krygier jbkrygier at owu.edu
Sun Nov 8 08:45:49 EST 2015

Hi all,

This auction on eBay just about gave me a heart attack yesterday - I thought I was 
looking at a fine example of a first ML of Gatsby for a buy-it-now of $60:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Great-Gatsby-by-F-Scott-Fitzgerald-First-Edition-Thus-Hardcover-/272038881582 <http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Great-Gatsby-by-F-Scott-Fitzgerald-First-Edition-Thus-Hardcover-/272038881582?hash=item3f56c7e92e:g:ImEAAOSwYHxWPVy8>

Not clear if the ML jacket on this facsimile originally came with the reprinted book, 
or if the bookseller added it. Rather strange combo in any case.

Also, you may have noticed that ML poet Francis Thompson (ML 38 “Complete Poems”) 
is getting attention as a Jack the Ripper suspect:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/11/05/jack-the-ripper-poet-francis-thompson-named-suspect_n_8477488.html <http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/11/05/jack-the-ripper-poet-francis-thompson-named-suspect_n_8477488.html>

Which raises the interesting question: was anyone else published in the Modern 
Library a criminal (or alleged criminal)? I think I heard that Herman Melville had
many carriage parking tickets.

John K.

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