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Tender Is the Night by  F. Scott FITZGERALD - First Edition - 1934 - from Heritage Book Shop, LLC and Biblio.com

Tender Is the Night

by FITZGERALD, F. Scott

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In the Unrestored Rare First Issue Dust Jacket FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender Is the Night. New York: Charles Scribnerís Sons, 1934. First edition. The book is a first edition, first issue with the Scribner's "A" on verso of title-page. The jacket is a first issue. Octavo (7 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches; 187 x 130 mm). [x], [1-408, [2, blank] pp. In the unrestored first issue dust jacket, having quotes from T.S. Eliot, H.L. Mencken, and Paul Rosenfeld on the front flap, and $2.50 price not clipped. Original green cloth. Spine stamped in gilt. In the unrestored first issue dust jacket. Jacket with some minor chipping along edges. A small V-shaped chip to the top corner of the jacket spine. Jacket spine has the usual slight touch of dullness. Book fore-edge very slightly foxed. Overall, a very good to fine copy in the exceedingly rare first issue jacket. Housed in a custom red morocco clamshell. In this novel, the protagonist, psychiatrist Dick Diver, falls in love and marries one of his patients, the beautiful yet disturbed Nicole. Dickís travails with her (he nurses her to health, but she leaves him for another man and he deteriorates) echo Fitzgeraldís own increasingly sad and desperate life with his mentally ill wife, Zelda. This is perhaps Fitzgeraldís most powerful and tragic work. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A.14.1.a. HBS 65615. $17,500

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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