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Tender is the Night by  F. Scott Fitzgerald - First edition - 1934 - from Whitmore Rare Books and

Tender is the Night

by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Condition: Fine/Very Good

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First edition. Fine/Very Good. A Fine copy of the book with bright spine gilt and clean boards. In a Very Good second issue dust jacket with the $2.50 price and reviews by Colum, Seldes and Rawlings. Jacket with some moderate chipping at the crown (some loss), and a few longer tears on the rear panel and flap fold. Faint evidence of tape removal from the verso of the jacket. Nearing the end of his life, Fitzgerald contemplates marriage, success, and the emotional toll that mental health problems can take on a couple. This haunting novel set in the 1920s follows Dick and Nicole Driver's troubled marriage, and the damage imposed by his affair with a young actress. These same troubles were echoed in Fitzgerald's own family; his wife Zelda, having struggled her whole life with depression, had been placed long-term in a sanitarium, while Fitzgerald battled alcoholism and strove to re-launch his career in Hollywood. Unbeknownst to the author, this self-reflecting book would be the last of his lifetime. Fine in Very Good dust jacket.

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: Whitmore Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 2554
  • Title: Tender is the Night
  • Author: Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: Very Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1934


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