F. Scott Fitzgerald began composing Tender Is the Night in the summer of 1925, but he struggled with the novel and reworked it intensively over the next nine years. A study of the disintegration of a talented young American psychiatrist, set among wealthy American expatriates living in Europe after the First World War, the novel, finally published ...
F. Scott Fitzgerald began composing Tender Is the Night in the summer of 1925, but he struggled with the novel and reworked it intensively over the next nine years. A study of the disintegration of a talented young American psychiatrist, set among wealthy American expatriates living in Europe after the First World War, the novel, finally published in 1934, is now considered one of his major works. Fitzgerald saved a great many of his working materials - notes, diagrams, holographs, typescripts, proofs and correspondence - making it possible to reconstruct in detail the passage of Tender Is the Night from manuscript to print. The Cambridge edition follows the order of the first edition; it includes a history of composition, an analysis of Fitzgerald's plan for republication and an explanation of the chronology of the narrative. The edition also contains full historical annotations, facsimiles of surviving drafts and a record of emendations.
First Edition, First Printing. Signed presentation copy from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his co-screenwriter, Edward (Ted) Paramore, Jr., on the MGM film, Three Comrades, the only film on which Fitzgerald received screen credit as screenwriter, along with Paramore. Inscribed: "For Ted Paramore. In memory of those days when we used to forage in the drunken infantry under your orders. From his friend, Scott Fitzgerald. M.G.M. 1937." This is the only known presentation copy in which Fitzgerald indicates that he actually signed it at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio where he and Paramore wrote the screenplay. With Paramore's bookplate on the front pastedown. Very good plus in a very good first issue dust jacket which has had restoration. Enclosed in a matching green cloth clamshell box. Edward Paramore Jr. (1898-1956) was a New York writer who gained acclaim with The Ballad of Yukon Jake (1928), an amusing parody of Robert W. Service, first published in Vanity Fair and then in book form with illustrations by Rockwell Kent. After having two plays produced on Broadway, Paramore was lured to Hollywood during the revolution in sound films. He had a successful screenwriting career (1929-1943) including writing The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) for director Frank Capra starring Barbara Stanwyck. He wrote screenplays that starred the likes of James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott, Henry Fonda, Janet Gaynor, Rosalind Russell, Robert Montgomery, Joan Fontaine, Wallace Beery, Richard Dix, etc. An historic association copy from the peak of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood sojourn.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author, "For the unknown, unmet parents of Clare (note: double underlined). Knowing her, I hope you will find something to like in this present. Best wishes, F. Scott Fitzgerald." A very good copy with some wear to the crown and foot of the spine, extremities of the cloth in a very good unrestored first issue dust jacket that has some chips and inner strengthening. Housed in a custom clamshell box. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a friend's copy of Tender Is the Night, "If you liked The Great Gatsby, for God's sake read this. Gatsby was a tour de force but this is a confession of faith." Set in the South of France in the decade after World War I, Tender Is the Night is the story of a brilliant and magnetic psychiatrist named Dick Diver; the bewitching, wealthy, and dangerously unstable mental patient, Nicole, who becomes his wife; and the beautiful, harrowing ten-year pas de deux they act out along the border between sanity and madness. Tender Is the Night is also the most intensely, even painfully, autobiographical of Fitzgerald's novels; it smolders with a dark, bitter vitality because it is so utterly true. This account of a caring man who disintegrates under the twin strains of his wife's derangement and a lifestyle that gnaws away at his sense of moral values offers an authorial cri de coeur, while Dick Diver's downward spiral into alcoholic dissolution is an eerie portent of Fitzgerald's own fate. F. Scott Fitzgerald literally put his soul into Tender Is the Night, and the novel's lack of commercial success upon its initial publication in 1934 shattered him. He would die six years later without having published another novel, and without knowing that Tender Is the Night would come to be seen as perhaps his masterpiece. In Mabel Dodge Luhan's words, it raised him to the heights of "a modern Orpheus." Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.
First edition. Lightly worn cloth, near fine in an attractive, first issue dustwrapper with an unfaded spine and some minor repair and restoration at the extremities. Fitzgerald had all but fallen off the map when this, his last completed novel, was issued. A portrait of expatriates on the French Riviera, it was supposedly based on Gerald and Sara Murphy but is as likely based on the Fitzgeralds themselves. The 1962 film version by Henry King, the last of his many films adapted from literary novels, featured Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones. Housed in a custom clamshell case. A very nice copy of a desirable and very uncommon title, almost never encountered without fading to the spine. Connolly 100.
In the Unrestored Rare First Issue Dust Jacket FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender Is the Night. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First edition. The book is a first edition, first issue with the Scribner's "A" on verso of title-page. The jacket is a first issue. Octavo (7 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches; 187 x 130 mm). [x], [1-408, [2, blank] pp. In the unrestored first issue dust jacket, having quotes from T.S. Eliot, H.L. Mencken, and Paul Rosenfeld on the front flap, and $2.50 price not clipped. Original green cloth. Spine stamped in gilt. In the unrestored first issue dust jacket. Jacket with some minor chipping along edges. A small V-shaped chip to the top corner of the jacket spine. Jacket spine has the usual slight touch of dullness. Book fore-edge very slightly foxed. Overall, a very good to fine copy in the exceedingly rare first issue jacket. Housed in a custom red morocco clamshell. In this novel, the protagonist, psychiatrist Dick Diver, falls in love and marries one of his patients, the beautiful yet disturbed Nicole. Dick's travails with her (he nurses her to health, but she leaves him for another man and he deteriorates) echo Fitzgerald's own increasingly sad and desperate life with his mentally ill wife, Zelda. This is perhaps Fitzgerald's most powerful and tragic work. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A.14.1.a. HBS 65615. $20, 000. Tender Is the Night
Near Fine. First edition, later printing (lacking "A" on copyright page. ) Signed and inscribed by Fitzgerald on front free endpaper to a fellow Princetonian: "From one who wishes he could be at 1917's 20th / F Scott Fitzgerald". 8vo, publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt to spine, decorations by Edward Shenton. Book tight, square, and clean, with light wear and bumping to corners, cloth split at crown of spine (horizontally, without fraying), gilt dimmed on spine, pages clean; with ownership inscription "A. W. Durell / June 1937" to front free endpaper. A presentation copy of one of Fitzgerald's best novels, signed for fellow Class of 1917 graduate, Anthony Woodward Durell, Jr. Durell was a varsity athlete who competed on Princeton's track team. He completed training for the Officer's Reserve Corps while at Princeton during WWI. Tender is the Night is Fitzgerald's last completed novel, centering on the life of American ex-patriots living in Paris and the French Riviera. Like many of his works, it is semi-autobiographical in nature, with Fitzgerald's friends serving as models for characters, including Pablo Picasso, the Cole Porters, and socialites Sara and Gerald Murphy, to whom the book is dedicated.
First Edition. Original 171 page mimeographed shooting script for the motion picture, Tender Is the Night, produced by David O. Selznick, directed by Henry King and starring Jason Robards, Jennifer Jones, Joan Fontaine, Very good in original printed studio wrappers. The first film adaptation of Fitzgerald's classic novel. Rare script. Enclosed in a custom leather and cloth clamshell box.
First Edition. Original 171 page mimeographed shooting script for the motion picture, Tender Is the Night, produced by David O. Selznick, directed by Henry King and starring Jason Robards, Jennifer Jones, Joan Fontaine, Very good in original printed studio wrappers. The first film adaptation of Fitzgerald's classic novel. Rare script.
A Romance. Decorations by Edward Shenton. First Edition of "Tender Is the Night" FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender Is the Night. A Romance. Decorations by Edward Shenton. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First edition, second issue. (Same year as first with Scribner's seal but not with Scribner's "A"). Octavo. 408 pp. Original full green cloth, gilt-stamped on spine. A tiny bit of rubbing to upper left front cover. Otherwise, a fine copy. Housed in a green cloth custom clamshell, black morocco label on spine, gilt-stamped. In this novel, the protagonist, psychiatrist Dick Diver, falls in love and marries one of his patients, the beautiful yet disturbed Nicole. Dick's travails with her (he nurses her to health, but she leaves him for another man and he deteriorates) echo Fitzgerald's own increasingly sad and desperate life with his mentally ill wife, Zelda. This is perhaps Fitzgerald's most powerful and tragic work. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, . HBS 67366. $1, 000. Tender Is the Night
First Edition. First issue with Scribner A and seal on copyright page. 8vo. Dark green cloth-lettering faint on spine. Top and bottom of spine worn. Worn to boards at corners. Ink signature on flyleaf "H. Philip Kembeton Jr.". 408 pages. Front endpaper cracked at hinge-hinge is still holding with rear endpage starting. Contents very good or better-cover less than good condition.
I haven't read this book for a while;but it never gets old. enjoy
Mar 10, 2009
the world that once was for some
This book tells the story of American psychologist Dick Diver and his wife, the wealthy but psychologically unstable Nicole. The setting is the small French coastal town of Tarmes, between the late 1920's and the early 1930's. The book portrays a rypical Fitzgerald fictional universe: wealthy, idle, sophisticated, and in many ways "troubled". The book also deals with the effect wealthy Americans had on Europe culture. If you like tales of the roaring 20's, I think you will like this book
Oct 9, 2007
This semi-autobiographical novel describes the struggles of Dick and Nicole Diver as they strive to keep their marriage together despite Nicole's increasingly devastating mental disorder. It's probably the most difficult to understand of Fitzgerald's works, but it is also one of his masterpieces. If you are interested in the "Lost Generation" writers, the Jazz Age, or mental disorders/their effects, you will probably love this book.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-09-27 You can generally count on Naxos to produce superb audios of classics-but not this time. Trevor White gives a dull performance, though he handles conversation and dialogue better than straight narration and is not bad at accents. His emphases are stilted; he drops his voice at the ends of most sentences; and he reads every word so carefully he throws off the rhythms and phrasing, and thus the tone and meaning. A disappointing reading of Fitzgerald's last, most lyrical, most autobiographical novel. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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