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Tender is the Night: A Romance by  F. Scott FITZGERALD - First Edition - 1934 - from Bluebird Books and Biblio.com

Tender is the Night: A Romance

by FITZGERALD, F. Scott

Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket


New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1934. First Edition. Hardcover. A first edition of the last completed novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald (with Scribner 'A' and colophon on copyright page). Autobiographical in nature, this work mirrors a very dark period of Fitzgerald's life during which his wife Zelda was treated for schizophrenia. With attractive black & white decorations throughout by Edward Sheldon. --- In dark green linen-finish cloth-covered boards with spine titling stamped in gilt. Volume lacks the dust jacket. --- A Good only copy, with chafing to extremities, missing (blank) front free endpaper, water-ring dampstains to cover and penciled underlinings on perhaps as many as 6 leaves, else a clean, unmarked and tightly-bound copy. [NOTE: The original dust jacket is missing. However, a facsimile of the original jacket may be included for an additional $26. Please contact bookseller if desired.]; Small Octavo - 7-1/2 to 8 in. tall; (8), 408 pages .

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: A Romance


  • Bookseller: Bluebird Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 83330
  • Title: Tender is the Night: A Romance
  • Author: FITZGERALD, F. Scott
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good in Good dust jacket
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1934


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