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Foiled F. Scott Fitzgeralds

F Scott Fizgerald Foiled SetThis pretty collection of F Scott Fitzgerald’s works was the first of Penguin’s foiled cover designs, designed by the brilliant Coralie Bickford-Smith and released in 2011. Coralie designed these delightful Art Deco cover patterns to evoke the elegance and glamour of the jazz age that is depicted in his stories, with the intent of showing a “sense of ornate detail fused with the modernist aesthetic of mechanical repetition”.

Le Carré's Espionage Novels

Five years later, the foiled design style was reinterpreted for a series of espionage titles by John Le Carré. The combination of metallic foil and matt paper feels good in the hand and looks stunning on the shelf. Each book includes a matching bookmark with quote that can be detached from the dust jacket.

Rarities

In 2012, a one-off edition of The Wizard of Oz in a similar style was designed by Coralie and Jim Stoddart (the Art Director at Penguin Press) to be given as gifts at the retirement party of Margorie Scardino (CEO of Pearson at the time). Only a very limited number of these titles were produced (240 copies) so it is a very rare title to find (see more here: @jim_stoddart).

Books in Penguin's Foiled Classics Series

The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Classics (2011), isbn 9780141194073

About: The beautiful but damned marriage of Anthony and Gloria, the essence of Jazz Age glamour.

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Flappers and Philosophers by F Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Classics (2011), isbn 9780141194103

About: A collection of short fiction spanning Fitzgerald’s career.

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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Classics (2011), isbn 9780141194059

About: The Jazz Age classic, in which Jay Gatsby seems to have everything, but is hiding a silent longing for one thing that will always be out of his reach.

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The Last Tycoon by F Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Classics (2011), isbn 9780141194080

About: Fitzgerald’s unfinished story of the glittering decadence of Hollywood in its heyday.

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Tales of the Jazz Age by F Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Classics (2011), isbn 9780141197470

About: Short fiction capturing Fitzgerald’s signature blend of enchantment and disillusionment of America during the Jazz Age.

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Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Classics (2011), isbn 9780141194066

About: A novel of materialism, shattered idealism and broken dreams set on the French Riviera.

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This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Classics (2011), isbn 9780141194097

About: The story of a young man’s painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald’s own career.

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The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carré
Penguin Classics (2016), isbn 9780241385579.

About: Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into ‘the theatre of the real’ by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.

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The Night Manager by John Le Carré
Penguin Classics (2016), isbn 9780241291252.

About: Jonathan Pine, ex-British Army soldier, and night manager at a Cairo hotel, helps British Intelligence penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers.

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