Monday, 17 May 2010

Weird Fitzgeraldian Synchronicity

Two different publishers, one book by Fitzgerald, two different portraits of Tallulah Bankhead. Odd.


7 comments:

Brian Busby said...

Because when we think of a beautiful and damned figure from the 'twenties Tullulah Bankhead comes to mind?

I'd argue that Marie Prevost is more appropriate.

Hannah Stoneham said...

I think that both of these are excellent pictures to chose - I probably prefer the top reclining figure - but there is something about the heavy hooded eyes of the second that looks so beautiful and so damned....

Great post, thanks for sharing

Hannah

Megan Wilson said...

I didn't know it was Tallulah Bankhead until we went to clear the art usage. Just a strange coincidence.

Well spotted!

JRSM said...

Brian: Marie Prevost's a good idea--the second image of her at Wikipedia would be good on a Fitzgerald cover.

Hannah: Thanks! They are both excellent covers, and you're right--the eyes make it for both pictures.

Megan: I assumed it was a weird coincidence. Great cover, in any case! (For everyone else, Megan Wilson is designing the new Vintage US Fitzgerald covers).

altadenahiker said...

I was just thinking about this mess of a book the other day. But FSF had to churn through through those concepts before he could get to Great Gatsby.

Top one. Captures the indolence of the characters. Desire without longing, or something like that.

JRSM said...

"Desire without longing"--an ace description of the vibe of the book. TB&D _is_ a bit of a mess, I suppose, but I can't help liking it.

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