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.
Electronic book readers offer thousands of classic titles for free download if the author 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 nothing!”
“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. And on that note, can I just wish Jeffrey Archer a long and happy life.”
Golgo13, with last line from Basil_B