New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. First edition. A lovely, Fine copy of the book in a bright nearly Fine dust jacket. Slight wear at the crown, one short tear on the rear panel (no loss) and minor rubbing. First issue book and jacket with the title in white (outlined in black). Entirely unrestored. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
"Set in an era of intoxicating excitement and ruinous success, changing manners and challenged morals, F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel chronicles the lives of Harvard-educated Anthony Patch and his beautiful, willful wife Gloria. This bitingly ironic story eerily foretells the fate of the author and his own wife Zelda -- from its giddy romantic beginnings to its alcohol-fueled demise. A portrait of greed, ambition, and squandered talent, The Beautiful and the Damned depicts an America embarked on the greatest spree in history, a world Fitzgerald saw with clear eyes...One of his best known works, Gertrude Stein correctly predicted it 'will be read when many of his well-known contemporaries are forgotten'" (Wolff). Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #3002)