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TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD - Signed First Edition - 1934 - from Mt. Gothic Tomes & Colorado Artifactual and



Condition: Fair/Fair


(Fitzgerald's unquestionably penultimate book)
Charles Scribner's Sons:New York
First Edition, Third Printing
One of 2500 copiesPrinted in May 1934
Second printing dust jacket:"$2.50" priceReviews on front inner flap by:Mary Colum, Gilbert Seldes & Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
This copy was INSCRIBED byF. Scott Fitzgerald
SHIRLEY CHIDSEY,wife of writer,Donald Barr Chidsey
June 6, 1940
(Fitzgerald died December 21, 1940)
Shirley Chidsey was divorced from Donald Chidsey in the late 1930s. Shirley Chidsey lived in Tahiti for a time,typing and editing for the writing team, Nordhoff and Hall, who wrote BOUNTY trilogy. Their first novel, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY,was the basis for the Clark Gable and Charles Laughton film released in 1935.
Returning from Tahiti in 1940, Shirley Chidsey traveled to Santa Barbara, California in June to visit with F. Scott Fitzgerald; and here is where Fitzgerald inscribed this book to her.
This book was purchased from the estate of Margaret "Peg" Armitage Elliot, sister of Shirley Armitage Chidsey Bridgewater.
Okay, here goes: the book's condition. Inscription clear and concise on front endpaper, cloth faded, showing moisture spots; gold printon spine very faded lower right-hand corner of front cover chipped with a noticeable bit of corner missingBook pages lightly tonedIndentation and/or chewing of inner lower left-hand inside gutter area of first five or six pages.Spine slip-cocked. Dust jacket tattered; old tape removed; and, somewhere along the years, acid-free,neutral pH conservation work performed on back, resulting in a reasonably appearing example ofthe second printing dust jacket. Otherwise, a charming example.
The third printing of this book is evident on Page 320,Line 17, wherein, "Charles Warren," becomes "Devereux Warren"
Shirley Chidsey married William Bridgewater after World War II. Bridgewater was the editor of the Columbia Encyclopedia. Shirley thenworked for Mrs. Alfred Knopf, and in this position met such authors as Norman Mailer.
A Literary relic exhibited by: COLORADO ARTIFACTUAL & MT. GOTHIC TOMES

Tender is the Night was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel in nine years (since The Great Gatsby in 1925) and his fourth and final to complete. The generally autobiographical work reflects events surrounding the hospitalization of Fitzgerald’s schizophrenic wife, Zelda, and his own unrelenting alcoholism. Tender is the Night was published in four issues of Scribner's Magazine (January ­— April) until Charles Scribner’s Sons produced the first novel edition in April 1934. The novel, whose title comes from John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale,” has two versions in print: the original, which uses flashbacks in the narrative, and the second, revised version, published posthumously by Malcolm Cowley, in which the storyline is restructured so that events take place chronologically. Some have suggested that this particular revision was in reaction to critics of the original. Tender is the Night sold only 12,000 copies in its first three months compared to Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, which sold over 50,000 in a similar time period. Still, reception for Tender is the Night steadily grew over time. Today, it is ranked 28th on the Modern Library’s list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century as well as 69th on NPR’s “100 Years, 100 Novels, One List.” Read more: Identifying first editions of TENDER IS THE NIGHT

  • Bookseller: Mt. Gothic Tomes & Colorado Artifactual US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 3
  • Format/binding:Green cloth; gold-printed spine
  • Book condition: Used - Fair
  • Jacket condition: Fair
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition,
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scribners
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1934
  • Keywords: F. Scott Fitzgerald inscribed first edition in original dust jacket.


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