Tender is the Night
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First edition. A Fine copy of the book (one that has always had it's jacket) with correspondingly bright spine gilt and clean boards. A touch of staining to the fore-edge of the page-block affecting 25 or so leaves. In a Very Good + original dust jacket with the $2.50 price and correct reviews by Eliot, Mencken and Rosenfeld on the front flap. Jacket toned on the spine and with old tape stains on the verso at the spine ends, not affecting the front of the jacket. Overall a very presentable copy of the book in jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
Nearing the end of his life, Fitzgerald contemplates marriage, success, and the emotional toll that mental health problems can take on a couple. This haunting novel set in the 1920s follows Dick and Nicole Driver’s troubled marriage, and the damage imposed by his affair with a young actress. These same troubles were echoed in Fitzgerald’s own family; his wife Zelda, having struggled her whole life with depression, had been placed long-term in a sanitarium, while Fitzgerald battled alcoholism and strove to re-launch his career in Hollywood. Unbeknownst to the author, this self-reflecting book would be the last of his lifetime.
Printed in a relatively small print run, so attractive copies are uncommon. Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2528)