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Take a peek at Francis Cugat's fascinating jacket design for The Great Gatsby because there's a pretty interesting story behind it. The cover depicts a woman's ghost-like face looking over the city in a Dr. T.J. Eckleburg sort of way, observing intently but remaining detached from the immoral and careless actions of the people living below. Cugat wasn't quite sure if the jacket was right for the book and after giving Fitzgerald a preliminary sketch of it, toyed with the idea of scrapping it completely. But Fitzgerald was mesmerized by the cover and wrote in a 1934 letter to Cugat: "For Christ's sake, don't give anyone that jacket you're saving for me. I've written it into the book." What Fitzgerald is referring to is Nick's line at the end of Chapter IV, where he kisses Jordan Baker because she is real to him and is not some "girl whose disembodied face floated along dark cornices and blinding signs."
Fitzgerald, known as one of the greatest American writers, was named after another great American: Francis Scott Key, who wrote our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, were famous for their wild and crazy antics. They liked to splash around in public fountains, laugh loudly during sad parts in movies, ride on hoods of cars, and throw lavish parties for their friends. Not exactly your conservative old married couple, right?
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