Publication Day in 1925 for The Great Gatsby

First published by Scribner’s in April 1925, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies.

Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten.

However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and became a part of American high school curricula. It is now widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title “Great American Novel.”

The cover of the first printing of The Great Gatsby is among the most celebrated pieces of art in American literature. A little-known artist named Francis Cugat was commissioned to illustrate the book while Fitzgerald was in the midst of writing it.

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The cover was completed before the novel; Fitzgerald was so enamored with it that he told his publisher he had “written it into” the novel.

Fitzgerald’s remarks about incorporating the painting into the novel led to the interpretation that the eyes are reminiscent of those of fictional optometrist Dr. T. J. Eckleburg (depicted on a faded commercial billboard near George Wilson’s auto repair shop) which Fitzgerald described as “blue and gigantic – their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose.”

Although this passage has some resemblance to the painting, a closer explanation can be found in the description of Daisy Buchanan as the “girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs.”

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image credit: By Paramount Pictures (Beineke Library, Yale University) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The 1926 American silent drama film directed by Herbert Brenon was the first of many film and stage adaptations of the novel.

Warner Baxter played Jay Gatsby and Lois Wilson was Daisy Buchanan.

The film was produced by Famous Players-Lasky, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Unfortunately this version of The Great Gatsby is now considered lost.

In the 1949 film of The Great Gatsby, Alan Ladd played Jay Gatsby and Betty Field was Daisy Buchanan.

The 1974 film had Robert Redford as Jay and Mia Farrow as Daisy.

And the 2013 version starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay and Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti died on this day in 1882

 

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image credit: Dante Gabriel Rossetti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Aren’t they glorious?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these Dante Gabriel Rossetti paintings as much as I have.

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Long running musical opened on Broadway #OnThisDay in 1964

On January 16th 1964, the musical “Hello, Dolly!” opened on Broadway beginning a run of 2,844 performances.

The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won three.

The film clip below appears to be someone’s holiday cine-film of a trip to New York in 1966.

So a couple of years into the Hello Dolly! run.

It’s an amazing bit of film and the cinematographer certainly had an eye for a good shot.

No connection to Hello, Dolly! but a great film clip!

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Born #OnThisDay in 1904 – photographer Cecil Beaton

 Fashion photographer

Portrait photographer

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image credit: Cecil Beaton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

War photographer

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image credit: Cecil Beaton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Diarist

Painter

Interior designer

Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre.

Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE

14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980

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Metropolis premiered #OnThisDay in 1927

Fritz Lang’s epic science-fiction drama, Metropolis, premiered in Berlin on 10 January 1927.

The original cut of Metropolis has been lost and for decades only shorter versions of the film could be seen. However, over the years, various elements of footage have been rediscovered and in 2010 a new restoration was released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Kino Video.

You probably won’t have time to watch the entire film today but this trailer only lasts for a couple of minutes and is well worth a look.

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Celebrate 5 amazing people born #OnThisDay

What a great day January 8th is for celebrating the birth of these amazing people.

1. Born on January 8th 1947

in Brixton, London.

David Bowie
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2. Born on January 8th 1942

in Oxford.

Stephen Hawking
image credit: By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

3. Born on January 8th 1937

in Tiger Bay, Cardiff.

Shirley Bassey
image credit: By Nyctc7 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

4. Born on January 8th 1924

in Tottenham, London.

Ron Moody
image credit: By London School of Economics [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

5. Born on January 8th 1935

in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.

Elvis Presley
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