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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

First edition of Tender is the Night, signed by Fitzgerald

Signed First Edition of Tender is the Night

"Tender is the Night remains Fitzgerald's most brilliant book. All his powers, the microscopic observation of the life he describes, the sense of the significance and relations of every detail of it, the infallible ear, and the gift of expression, all these things are here in greater abundance than ever before. Its scope is such as to make The Great Gatsby seem small and simple, for all its neatness and perfection, and its dramatic realization so complete that Fitzgerald need not ever say what is happening: we always see."

Arthur Mizener

 

"The novel should do this. Show a man who is a natural idealist, a spoiled priest, giving in for various causes to the ideas of the haute Burgeoise, and in his rise to the top of the social world losing his idealism, his talent and turning to drink and dissipation."

Fitzgerald, on his plan for the autobiographical Tender is the Night, the novel he considered his best.

 

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Sold

First edition, in extremely rare first issue dust jacket, signed by Fitzgerald on the front free endpaper. Book extremely good, dust jacket with tear to top corner, tape repairs and some chipping to edges and folds. Signed copies of Tender is the Night, what many critics consider to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece, in the first issue dust jacket are extraordinarily rare. 

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