For many, The Great Gatsby, is an all-time favorite read. Which is why I was so jealous to hear that a Gatsby’s mansion (F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s mansion inspiration, at least), has sold! From these photo’s, you can definitely see a resemblance in Fitzgerald’s descriptions from the novel:
“…the one on the right was a colossal affair by any standard–it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion. Or rather, as I didn’t know Mr. Gatsby, it was a mansion inhabited by a gentleman of that name. ” -Page 9
Note: This is not the only mansion said to be ‘the’ inspiration for Gatsby’s mansion.
- Kahn Estate or Oheka Castle on the Gold Coast of Long Island is also said to be a partial inspiration (photo here)
- Colonial mansion on the North Shore of Long Island was also said to be an inspiration, however, has since been demolished (click here to read article and check out some photos)
You never know what wonders await in a deep sea trench...
Adventures in reading classic lit can be compared to Alice going down the rabbit hole or James Cameron visiting the Mariana Trench. You’ll never know how long you can go until you’ve read IT all. Which is why when I feel stuck, wanting to be introduced to another great read, I find inspiration and recommendation in everyday media. Such as this YouTube video, Bitches in Bookshops (based on Jay Z & Kanye West’s ”N*ggas in Paris). Some great classic lit recommendations in here and if you are an avid reader, I think you’ll find yourself nodding your head as these ladies try their hand at rap.
B*tches in Bookshops (based on Jay Z and Kanye West’s “N*ggas in Paris”)
This online store, , not only prints graphic T’s with some of the best covers from classic literature, but they have a unique mandate of supporting a great cause. For each piece of clothing bought, one book gets donated to a community in need through their partner Books for Africa.
So take a look at their website, Out of Print, and feel good about supporting classic literature.
Here are some of my favorite T’s:
To read my review of The Great Gatsby, click here.
To read my review of Lolita, click here.
I’m sorry that I completely abandoned my Halloween posts, but both jobs got the better of me!
If you are wondering, I ended up being a Faery for Halloween. My costume was inspired from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series (I’m kind of addicted to these books right now).
In RT Book Reviews magazine, I came across these delightful e-reader covers that are fashioned out of, you guessed it, classic texts. Not only do these covers bring the old-school-feel we miss when having an e-reader, but I think they cleverly mask your possibly expensive investment.
Some of my favourites:
Not every cover fits every e-reader, so make sure to read the fine print before your order one of your own!
Check it out: CLICK HERE!
If you don’t see a favourite, the designer, Randy, does make custom orders!
Don’t be fooled, these are not your average classic books.
Kate Spade has introduced her Book of the Month Clutch bag series. There are only three ‘books’ in the series and each boasts as being a mini work of art. They are crafted with hand drawn elements and colourful collage, including spine and back cover with back cover copy.
If you leave this purse unattended at your next event, it might just be mistaken for the book it masquerades.
I personally don’t like the cover art they chose to depict these classics, but what do you think? Also, at 325$ a purse, I unfortunately won’t be sporting one of my favorite classics, The Great Gatsby, anytime soon.
Down the Rabbit Hole…
In honor of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, I have chosen 6 inspired picks:
1. Beautiful teacup ring
2. Book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Camilla Rose Garcia and found at Urban Outfitter:
3. Alice In Wonderland Tea Party Pillowcase Set:
4. We’re all mad here – ring– Chershire cat quote.
5. Flower Garden Inspired Swarovski Necklace
6. National Ballet of Canada: Alice in Wonderland
Let me know what your favorite items are!
Great Gifts for Your Literary Lover:
Have you ever thought it would be a great idea to have your favourite classical author’s quotes or pictures on a t-shirt or umbrella? Well this website, Literary Luminaries, has answered two of my wishes so far. They place famous classic authors, with their signatures, on everything from note cards, to umbrellas; to coffee mugs (some mugs do contain quotes).
Literary Luminaries is a graphic arts product company in Virginia. The site features caricatures of the world’s most famous authors, done by artist Mike Caplanis. Look at some of my favourite products from their site below!
Featuring (top to bottom) Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, Jack London, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Alexandre Dumas, James Thurber, George Bernard Shaw
Great Composers II - Featuring Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Mozart.
Women Writers II: featuring Austen, Plath, Dickinson, Hurston, Woolf, Alcott, Shelley, and Bronte