F Scott Fitzgerald anniversary editions

Penguin Classics is set to publish a set of six new editions of F Scott Fitzgerald’s work later this year, designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Penguin Classics is set to publish a set of six new editions of F Scott Fitzgerald’s work later this year, designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith…

The new hardback editions will publish on 4 November, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the writer’s death on 21 December 1940. Scott Fitzgerald died in Hollywood, California aged just 44.

Designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, a senior cover designer at Penguin, the new editions aim to reflect, she says, “the elegance and glamour of the Art Deco period [and a] sense of ornate detail fused with the modernist aesthetic of mechanical repetition.”

This is a particularly handsome series, complete with gold, silver and bronze-foiled Jazz Age patterns, and each book feels great in the hand. Bickford-Smith has also incorporated a detachable bookmark into each edition, on the inside-back of the dust jacket (above). The typeface used throughout is Penumbra Serif.

The six books in the series are The Beautiful and Damned; Flapper and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby; The Last Tycoon; Tender is the Night; and This Side of Paradise.

The new series is available to pre-order from penguin.co.uk.

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