Tender is the Night.
A Romance. Decorations by Edward Shenton.New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934 Stock Code: 131046
NotesFirst edition, first printing, in the first issue dust jacket with the T. S. Eliot review to the front flap. Tender is the Night was Fitzgerald's fourth novel, appearing some nine years after The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald set out to write an important and in many ways revolutionary work of fiction. Structurally complex, topically dangerous and personally challenging, the struggle of its inception was matched perhaps only by the scale of critical disdain. Fitzgerald was so distressed by the antagonism from most quarters that he agreed to allow later editions to be published with the narrative rearranged chronologically. Only years after his death was the text restored and the true brilliance of this work recognised.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom blue quarter morocco solander box with marbled sides.
Illustrations in the text by Edward Shenton.
A fine copy in a very nice example of the jacket, spine just slightly faded, closed tear to head of front panel but presenting nicely, a little minor chipping to spine ends and extremities, one small tape repair to verso.
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