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Judging a cover by its book…

 

Artist Sharm Murugiah has imagined covers for the (as yet to be published) mass-market paperback editions of Quentin Tarantino’s screenplays.  Click here for a zoomable version.

[TotH to GeekTyrant]

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As we confuse our genres and mix our media, we might recall that it was on this date in 1920 that This Side of Paradise was published.  Francis Scott Fitzgerald had written a first draft off the novel while stationed in Alabama during World War I; then titled “The Romantic Egotist,” it was rejected.  Fitzgerald re-wrote the novel, re-titled it, and got a friend to get it to Maxwell Perkins at Scribners, who took it on and oversaw its polish and publication.

Set in Princeton, This Side of Paradise was the most influential “college novel” of its age, and introduced a new set of perspectives and values that came to characterize a cohort of intra-war writers.  Critical reception was ecstatic; sales were strong– and Fitzgerald found instant fame and riches.

Still, the reception of his work wasn’t universally positive:  John Grier Hibben, the President of Princeton, lamented “I cannot bear to think that our young men are merely living four years in a country club and spending their lives wholly in a spirit of calculation and snobbishness.”

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March 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

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