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The Cover That Came Before the Book

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Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • iconic: famous or well-known for its time
  • float: to be up in the air; not resting on the ground
  • manuscript: the written text of a book
  • incorporate: to add in; to combine
  • element: an aspect or detail
  • adage: a proverb, a short statement of truth

The Cover That Came Before the Book

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is one of the most famous books in American . It also has one of the most iconic . The cover, designed by Francis Cugat, features two sad eyes and some bright red lips floating on a of night sky. Before the manuscript was complete, the artist designed a cover based on an early conversation with Fitzgerald’s editor, Max Perkins. The writer saw the cover and incorporated some important elements of it into his story. This to the adage, “Don’t judge a book by cover.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is F. Scott Fitzgerald?
  2. What is featured on the cover of this classic literature?
  3. What is a bit backwards about this publishing story?

Discussion Questions: Do you judge books by their covers? Provide an example when a good cover caused you to read a good book, or when a good cover let you down.

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