45 Wonderful Fan-Designed Covers for ‘The Great Gatsby’

With Baz Luhrmann’s splashy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel contender hitting theaters Friday, Flavorwire is devoting this week to all things Great Gatsby. Click here to follow our coverage.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has one of the most iconic book covers of all time. Francis Cugat was commissioned to design the cover while Fitzgerald was still working on the novel, and when he saw the artwork, he liked it so much that he told his publisher he had “written it into” the book. Still, this has not prevented Gatsby from being published with multiple jacket treatments over the years. Some are quite lovely indeed, the recent movie tie-in edition, which McNally Jackson’s Kevin Cassem thinks would “bring shame” to any reader on the subway, not included. The novel has also been a wellspring of inspiration for writers and designers alike, and there are quite a large number of wonderful fan-designed covers floating around on the Internet — created by everyone from established designers to students, but each one of them better than the movie tie-in.

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Image Credit: Philipp Dornbrierer via The Fox is Black

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Image Credit: Nate Gonzalez
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Image Credit: Nick Murphy

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Image Credit: Mina Bach
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Image Credit: Hannah F. Brown

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Image Credit: Zac Zellers
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Image Credit: Ellen Rutt
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Image Credit: Jaemin Lee
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Image Credit: Giles Mead
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Image Credit: Naomi Sloman via The Fox is Black
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Image Credit: Dagmara Stefanska
Image Credit: Dagmara Stefanska
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Image Credit: June Parrish Cookson
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Image Credit: Kendra Dandy via The Fox is Black
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Image Credit: Sawsan Chalabi
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Image Credit: Baltazar Cardenas
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Image Credit: Levi McGranahan via The Fox is Black
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Image Credit: Luigi Bicco
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Image Credit: Marc Aspinall
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Image Credit: Mason Plunkett via The Fox is Black
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Image Credit: Zoey Gay
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Image Credit: Alex Gelmers via The Fox is Black
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Image Credit: Claudia Varosio
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Image Credit: Paige Vincent
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Image Credit: Nan Lawson
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Image Credit: Alyssa Eckel
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Image Credit: Leanne Shapton
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Image Credit: Wade Greenberg-Brand via The Fox is Black
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Image Credit: Molly K. McIntyre
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Image Credit: Devin Watson
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Image Credit: Elaine Stephenson