The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arion Press (1984); also the Limited Editions Club (1980)

F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s (1896-1940) The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest and most widely read of all twentieth century American novels. While it received some critical praise when first released in 1925 (for instance, T.S. Eliot told Fitzgerald it was “the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James“), sales failed to follow and within a few years the book was largely forgotten. However, after Fitzgerald’s death … Continue reading The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arion Press (1984); also the Limited Editions Club (1980)

Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson, Limited Editions Club (1978)

Winesburg, Ohio is the masterpiece of Sherwood Anderson, a critically well-regarded early twentieth century author who does not get the recognition he deserves. While his work stands on its own (Modern Library ranked Winesburg, Ohio 24th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century), his impact stretches well beyond his written word. Anderson greatly influenced many great American authors, including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Thomas … Continue reading Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson, Limited Editions Club (1978)