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This Side of Paradise by  F. Scott Fitzgerald - Signed First Edition - 1920 - from Thomas A Goldwasser Rare Books (SKU: 27866)

This Side of Paradise

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This Side of Paradise

by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

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New York: Scribner's, 1920. First edition. First edition of Fitzgerald's first novel and greatest success.The first printing consisted of 3000 copies; two reprints were called for within a month. Inscribed to a member of the Princeton class of 1920: "For Jerry English -- (Remember now its a solemn promise about June) F. Scott Fitzgerald - April Fools day 1920- -Cottage Club, Princeton." It was in the library at the Cottage Club that Fitzgerald began writing This Side of Paradise, in it he described the club as "an impressive mélange of brilliant adventurers and well-dressed philanderers". April 1, 1920 was six days after the novel's publication, Fitzgerald had returned to Princeton to be there for the event; eight copies are known that were inscribed at Princeton at the time (Bruccoli and Broughton, "F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Marketplace" (2009)). Two days later Scott and Zelda were married in New York. Original green cloth, very good condition, hinges tightened, unobtrusive ring mark on cover. Full morocco clamshell case.


This Side of Paradise is the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published in 1920, and taking its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature and has the book's theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking.

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First Edition
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