New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First edition. A Fine copy of the book with bright spine gilt and clean boards. In a Very Good second issue dust jacket with the $2.50 price and reviews by Colum, Seldes and Rawlings. Jacket with some moderate chipping at the crown (some loss), and a few longer tears on the rear panel and flap fold. Faint evidence of tape removal from the verso of the jacket.
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. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #2554)