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Tender is the Night by  F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1st Edition - 1934 - from Quintessential Rare Books, LLC and Biblio.com

Tender is the Night

by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Condition: Fine/Fine


Scribner, 1934 First Edition, First Issue dustjacket with blurbs by Eliot, Mencken and Rosenfeld printed on front flap. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has benefitted from some professional restoration to the spine and edges. The end result is a spectacular dustjacket that is rich in color with no chips or tears to the dustjacket. The book is in wonderful shape. The boards are crisp with light wear to the panels. The binding is tight, and there is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, an amazing copy of this true first edition with the scarce dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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




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