14 June 2006
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
8o. Original green cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (minor wear at extremities, short ink stain on fore edges of sheets).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FITZGERALD on the front free endpaper: "Dear Rita To you & yours Scott." "The beginning... is a wonderful evocation of the second phase of American expatriates ensconced in glittering villas on the Riviera in contrast to the home-spun tipplers of The Sun Also Rises. The break-down of a marriage... is described with flashes of genius by an expert in self-destruction... and there is a haunting account... of the predicament of 'grace under pressure' from too many parties and too much money" (Connolly The Modern Movement 79). Bruccoli A15.1.a.
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