New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First edition. A very nearly Fine copy of the book with bright spine gilt, and just a small smudge to the edge of the rear board. Lacking the dust jacket (except for a portion of the rear panel, laid in). Internally an excellent copy, with some faint offsetting to the front endpaper, otherwise clean, fresh and appearing unread.
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. Near Fine (Item #4678)