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Celestial Eyes -- From Metamorphosis To Masterpiece

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Celestial Eyes -- from Metamorphosis to Masterpiece

by Charles Scribner III

1. Francis Cugat's jacket for The Great Gatsby. New York:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. First Edition Facsimile
published by Collectors Reprints, Inc., New York, 1988.


In my 1990 F. Scott Fitzgerald seminar at the University of South Carolina, I
discussed the thematic connections between The Great Gatsby and its original
dust jacket, mentioning the mystery of Francis Cugat (or F. Coradal-Cugat).
Little is known about the artist responsible for the most eloquent jacket in
American literary history: he was born in Spain in 1893 and raised in Cuba; he
was brother of orchestra leader Xavier Cugat; he worked in Hollywood as a
designer for Douglas Fairbanks; he had a one-man New York show in 1942; his
death date is unknown. No other Cugat book jackets have been identified.
A student in my seminar, Martha Alston, mentioned the mystery to her visiting
aunt and uncle, Evelyn and Harvey ...

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