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Tender is the Night

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Tender is the Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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ISBN 13
9780684151519
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, June 1977 [c1934]. Hardcover. Quarter-bound in black cloth with black paper sides and gilt lettering to spine. An As New book in a Fine jacket. Slight rubbing to jacket, otherwise pristine inside and out. Very tight. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 315 pages.

Set in the South of France in the decade after World War I, Tender Is the Night is the story of a brilliant and magnetic psychiatrist named Dick Diver; the bewitching, wealthy, and dangerously unstable mental patient, Nicole, who becomes his wife; and the beautiful, harrowing ten-year pas de deux they act out along the border between sanity and madness. In Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald deliberately set out to write the most ambitious and far-reaching novel of his career, experimenting radically with narrative conventions of chronology and point of view and drawing on early breakthroughs in psychiatry to enrich his account of the makeup and breakdown of character and culture. Tender Is the Night is also the most intensely, even painfully, autobiographical of Fitzgerald's novels; it smolders with a dark, bitter vitality because it is so utterly true. This account of a caring man who disintegrates under the twin strains of his wife's derangement and a lifestyle that gnaws away at his sense of moral values offers an authorial cri de coeur, while Dick Diver's downward spiral into alcoholic dissolution is an eerie portent of Fitzgerald's own fate. F. Scott Fitzgerald literally put his soul into Tender Is the Night, and the novel's lack of commercial success upon its initial publication shattered him. He would die six years later without having published another novel, and without knowing that Tender Is the Night would come to be seen as its author's masterpiece.

Synopsis

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.”

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
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Title
Tender is the Night
Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
new As New
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0684151510
ISBN 13
9780684151519
Publisher
Charles Scribner's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
June 1977
Keywords
fiction, literature, classic, contemporary, novels, love stories, psychological, psychiatrists, wealth, Riviera, France
Bookseller catalogs
Science & Technology; Fiction; Europe; Erotica; France;
Size
8vo

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