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Before they were classics: Original ads for favorite books


Believe it or not, boys and girls, there was a time when every high school student was not issued a copy of The Great Gatsby and forced to read it the night before the exam and desperate souls had to be sold on Sylvia Plath.

If you don’t believe us, there’s plenty of proof in New York Times’ book critic Dwight Garner’s book, Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements, a sampling of which is on display over at Brain Pickings.



Full story at Brain Pickings.

Selling books.

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