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Gatsby

Tuesday December 13th 2005, 4:24 am

“Commercially, the novel [The Great Gatsby] was a disappointment to Fitzgerald. He had expressed a hope for a sale of 75,000 copies. The first printing of slightly over 20,000 copies sold slowly, however. A second printing of 3,000 copies was put through in August [1925], but the subsequent sales never caught up with it, and when Fitzgerald died fifteen years later there were still unsold copies of that printing in the Scribner warehouse. The novel was never out of print; it had simply stopped selling.”

- Charles Scribner III
1992

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