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ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN by  F. Scott FITZGERALD - First Edition, First Printing - 1926 - from Merchants Rare Books (SKU: 2331)


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New York: Scribner's, 1926. First Edition, First Printing of the book, protected in a facsimile dust jacket. The First printing with unbattered type on p. 38 (lines 6-9), p. 248 (lines 21-24) and the page number '90' is unbattered as well. The first three printings are not formally distinguished, though priority is given to the unbattered text, according to the Fitzgerald Bibliography by Brucolli. Bound in the publisher's green woven cloth binding. The spine embossed in gilt, with the cover blindstamped, as issued. A fairly simple, yet pleasing binding. This book comes together with a facsimile (reproduction) dust jacket, for protection and aesthetics. The facsimile jacket is protected in a removable archival plastic dust jacket, as well. In Very Good condition. Only light usage wear. Hinges are sound. Internal rear hinge paper with archival reinforcement and materials. Near free of foxing. Fresh, bright, and clean but for an occasional dirt mark, one of the pages has some brownish stains, page 85 has 4 lines of underlining in pencil. No previous signs of ownership, aside from a small 'Fine Art and Book Giftshop' sticker on the pastedown. Some light general usage wear, and the spine has a two inch scratch and a small puncture, but the gilding is predominantly intact, often found abraded. Without the rare dust jacket. The facsimile dust jacket featuring a young lady holding a sphere, is in Fine condition. An excellent copy of this Fitzgerald First Printing, in highly collectible condition. All the Sad Young Men "was Fitzgeralds strongest collection, with four major stories ("The Rich Boy," "Winter Dreams," "Absolution," and "The Sensible Thing") as well as five commercial stories As was his custom, Fitzgerald polished the magazine texts of these stories. He was convinced that the book publication of stories affected his reputation, whereas the magazine appearances were ignored by the critics" (Bruccoli, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur, 272). Written during a time of disillusionment in Fitzgeralds life (troubles with money and Zelda), and published on the heels of 'The Great Gatsby', the author's third collection of short stories might have been overlooked or overshadowed. Rather, it was well received, most particularly for 'Absolution,' which had been written as a false start to 'Gatsby'. Half as many copies were printed than The Great Gatsby, just 10,100. Includes 9 stories, among them "The Rich Boy," which scholar Matthew Bruccoli described as "an extension of The Great Gatsby, enlarging the examination of the effects of wealth on character." The story contains one of Fitzgeralds most famous passages: "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves." (Bruccoli A 12.I.a.)


All the Sad Young Men is the third collection of short stories written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1926. It contains nine stories: "The Rich Boy" "Winter Dreams" "The Baby Party" "Absolution" "Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les" "The Adjuster" "Hot and Cold Blood" ""The Sensible Thing"" "Gretchen's Forty Winks" As with his other collections, its release was timed to follow the completion of his most recent novel, which was The Great Gatsby.


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