Typed letter signed ("Scott" in ink) to Gilbert Seldes.Baltimore, 1307 Park Avenue, 26 April 1934 Stock Code: 124321
NotesSeldes gave Tender Is the Night a rave review in the New York Evening Journal on the day of publication, 12 April 1934. Fitzgerald writes two weeks later to thank him: " I never had any doubt after the weeks and months of half-sleepless work on the thing that it had some special merit and value but it is so nice to see an appreciation of it so early embodied - especially at the present moment when it can do so much good. On the whole the press has been very good except for one blank, in the case of the New York Times by some student who didn't seem to know what the thing was all about, so they carried it in a small block on the third page - the only tragedy of that to me is that it is the reference journal of the old maid librarians of the Great West. However, your review, more than any other, has given me the most satisfaction As ever, venomously, and even subtly, Scott."
Fitzgerald adds a double postscript, containing a vignette in concoted in a rococo style of an imaginary alternate reality, in which Gilbert dies and Fitzgerald marries his wife, the intellectual and bohemian Alice Wadhams Hall (Seldes always called her Amanda, thinking "Alice" too ordinary a name for her), and culminating in a ménage à trois between him, Amanda, and his friend the American poet, John Peale Bishop.
2 1/8 pages (280 x 215 mm), double-spaced on three sheets of beige paper, with two postscripts comprising about half of the letter signed "S." in ink, two small ink stains from corrections, a marginal note by Seldes on the first page.
Lightly toned and a few small blemishes, else very good.
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