Item #05721 Tender is the Night. F. Scott FITZGERALD.
Tender is the Night
Tender is the Night
Tender is the Night
Tender is the Night
Tender is the Night
Tender is the Night
Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. Item #05721

"On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera…"

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night. A Romance by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Decorations by Edward Shenton.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.

First edition, first printing. Octavo. [viii], [1]-408 pp.

Publisher's ribbed green cloth, front cover bordered in blind, spine lettered in gilt, fore edge untrimmed. Pages 401-408 have been poorly opened, but this only affects the blank margins. The bare minimum of rubbing to extremities. An excellent copy with none of the foxing or browning that is often associated with this title.

The first printing of 7,600 copies soon sold out, and subsequent printings continued to sell during the Depression. Fitzgerald rearranged the narrative's order for later editions and the original text was not restored for many years. "In 1932 Fitzgerald had material that he felt strongly about: Zelda's breakdown and his own deterioration. When he resumed work on the novel that would have to recoup his reputation, he had a store of painful emotions to draw on. Tender is the Night became in the writing his attempt to understand the loss of everything he had won, the loss of everything he had ever wanted" (Bruccoli, Life, p. 335).

F. Scott Fitzgerald's fourth and final novel, published nine years after The Great Gatsby. Set in French Riviera during the twilight of the Jazz Age, the novel chronicles the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a promising young psychiatrist, and his wife, Nicole, who is one of his patients. The story mirrors events in the lives of the author and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald as Dick starts his descent into alcoholism and Nicole descends into mental illness.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term he popularized in his short story collection Tales of the Jazz Age. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four story collections, and 164 short stories. Although he achieved temporary popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald received critical acclaim only after his death and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

Bruccoli A15.I.a.

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