22 June 2010
Property from the Estate of H. Richard Dietrich, Jr.
FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940). This Side of Paradise. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920.
8o. Original cloth (some slight rubbing to spine). Provenance: W.E. Hill, artist of the dust jacket design (letter from Fitzgerald tipped in).
FIRST EDITION. WITH AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER BY FITZGERALD TO THE DESIGNER OF THE DUST JACKET tipped in at front, one page, 8vo, on Scribner's stationery, n.d.: "Dear Mr. Hill. If my book was half as good as you're [sic] cover I'd sell a million copies. To the most uniquely brilliant, original and, as far as I can ascertain, modest artist in America. Very gratefully one of your many admirers. F. Scott Fitzgerald." W.E. Hill designed the jackets for This Side of Paradise, Flappers and Philosophers and The Beautiful and the Damned.
Fitzgerald was in residence at Princeton for the publication of This Side of Paradise, on March 26, 1920. He inscribed this copy to Gauss seven days before publication. The autobiographical Princeton set novel was an immediate success, and secured Fitzgerald's reputation as the voice of his generation. "The novel's defiant tone had the same powerful impact on rebellious postwar youth as Salinger's Catcher in the Rye did in 1951, and it became a bible and guidebook as the Twenties began to roar. Like Eliot's Poems, Owen's Poems, Huxley's Limbo and Lawrence's Women in Love (all of which appeared in 1920), Fitzgerald's novel captures the spirit of dissillusionment that followed the Great War" (Meyers, p.56). Bruccoli A5.1.a. A VERY FINE ASSOCIATION COPY.
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