December 21st will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, and trigger a bonanza for stingy literature fans everywhere, who admire his work, but would rather pay jack shit for it.
Avid reader and skinflint, Justin Higgins, gushed, 'Fitzgerald is a giant of 20th century American literature and was admired by T.S.Eliot, Salinger, so many. The Great Gatsby is among a very few books widely considered to be the Great American Novel, and I’d love to get my hands on a copy but £6.99?…I think I’ll wait till after the copyright runs out on December 21st.’
Applications for electronic book readers offer thousands of classic titles for free download if they satisfy the ‘Life plus 70’ rule, of the author having died 70 or more years ago, meaning penny-pinching admirers of the Jazz Age writer have only a few more weeks to wait before being able to acquire his entire life's output without paying his estate or publisher a single red cent.
'I’ve got all the dates for next year on my iPad calendar' smiled self-confessed bookworm and tightwad Nicky Hansen. ‘January 13th is James Joyce, March 28th is Virginia Woolf, and June 1st is Hugh Walpole', adding with a chuckle, 'if I live until 2074, I can get The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for free.'
'I guess we owe [Fitzgerald] our thanks not only for his contribution to the literary arts, but also for drinking himself to death at such a young age.'