Unfinished at the time of his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Last Tycoon" is a story of doomed love set against the extravagance of America's booming film industry. This "Penguin Modern Classics" edition is edited with an introduction by Edmund Wilson. The studio lot looks like 'thirty acres of fairyland' the night that a mysterious woman ...Read MoreUnfinished at the time of his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Last Tycoon" is a story of doomed love set against the extravagance of America's booming film industry. This "Penguin Modern Classics" edition is edited with an introduction by Edmund Wilson. The studio lot looks like 'thirty acres of fairyland' the night that a mysterious woman stands and smiles at Monroe Stahr, the last of the great Hollywood princes. Enchanted by one another, they begin a passionate but hopeless love affair, starting with a fast-moving seduction as slick as a scene from one of Stahr's pictures. The romance unfolds, frame by frame, watched by Cecilia, a thoroughly modern girl who has taken her lessons in sentiment and cynicism from all the movies she has seen. Her buoyant humour and satirical eye perfectly complement Fitzgerald's panorama of Hollywood at its most lavish and bewitching. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) has acquired a mythical status in American literary history, and his masterwork "The Great Gatsby" is considered by many to be the 'great American novel'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre, dubbed 'the first American Flapper', and their traumatic marriage and Zelda's gradual descent into insanity became the leading influence on his writing. As well as many short stories, Fitzgerald wrote five novels "This Side of Paradise", "The Great Gatsby", "The Beautiful and the Damned", "Tender is the Night" and, incomplete at the time of his death, "The Last Tycoon". After his death "The New York Times" said of him that 'in fact and in the literary sense he created a "generation"'. If you enjoyed "The Last Tycoon", you might enjoy Fitzgerald's "The Beautiful and the Damned", also available in "Penguin Classics". "Wonderful...a novel about Hollywood, written from the inside". (Helen Dunmore, "Sunday Times").Read Less
Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1969. FINE/no DJ, Hardcover, 8vo, 190pppgs. Light blue cloth with navy blue, no jacket. Foreward by Edmund Wilson. Fitzgerald's last novel, he died during the writing of this book. Clean and tight. Shipped in a custom box and packed with care.
Very Good with no dust jacket. Blue cloth binding. Gold lettering on front boards and spine. Faint red topstain. Full title: The Last Tycoon, An Unfinished Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories. Foreword by Edmund Wilson. Last signature was uncut rather roughly, bookstore ticket on rear pastedown endpaper, boards lightly rubbed at corners and head and foot of spine, some darkening of endpapers at inner joint. Fitzgerald died before this novel was finished, but it includes a synopsis of the rest of the plot and the author's actual notes for the full novel, as well as the full text of: The Great Gatsby, May Day, The Diamond as Big as The Ritz, The Rich Boy, Absolution and Crazy Sunday.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 476 pages.
Good + in None jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Blue cloth covered boards, corners striaght but display gentle wear, gold titles on front cover, gold titles on lightly sunned spine, gentle wear to the head and tail. Light discoloration to end papers, old bookshop sticker affixed to inside of back cover, book body clean, "A" present on copyright page.
An Unfinished Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories. First Edition in Dust Jacket FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Last Tycoon. An Unfinished Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941. First edition. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 209 x 143 mm). [xii], 476 pp. Original blue cloth, gilt-stamped front board and spine. In first issue dust jacket. Jacket with small chips to top and bottom of spine as well some chips to front cover along the spine extremity, a few short tears to bottom of rear dust jacket. A very good copy. "The most tragic element in Scott Fitzgerald's death was that it occurred as he was approaching the end of a novel of greater range, force and significance than any he had projected before...This collection-with his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby and the best of his stories-reveals Fitzgerald's true place in literature, his real greatness. And as Edmund Wilson points out in the Foreward, 'it is worth while to read The Great Gatsby in connection with The Last Tycoon' because it shows the kind of thing that Fitzgerald was aiming to do with the later. The last pages of The Great Gatsby are certainly, both from the dramatic point of view of prose, among the very best things in the fiction of our generation; and certainly The Last Tycoon had, even in its unfulfilled intention, pointed toward a complexity, a depth, and a beauty of style and design that place it among the books that set a standard." (From the front flap) Bruccoli, Fitzgerald. HBS 67214. $1, 250. Last Tycoon
Fine in Good jacket. A lovely copy of the book, just about Fine with a gentle ding to the lower corners and offsetting from the publisher's glue at the end papers, otherwise bright, fresh and unread. In a Good dust jacket that has been skinned about four inches on the rear panel, chipped at the top of the spine and worn generally along the edges and flaps. Fitzgerald's last novel, unfinished at the time of his death and published posthumously, portrays a powerful film executive in the golden age of Hollywood. "'The Last Tycoon' [is] an ambitious book, but, uncompleted though it is, one would be blind indeed not to see that it would have been Fitzgerald's best novel and a very fine one...[I]t is the best piece of creative writing that we have about one phase of American life--Hollywood and the movies." (Contemporary NY Times Review). Fine in Good. dust jacket.
Gold on spine slightly dulled; bumping to one corner; the usual light browning to endsheets at hinges; a very good copy. The dust jacket has some light chipping, not affecting any lettering, at the corners and at the extremities of the spine, and is... 476 pp. 8vo,
First Edition. Near fine copy with a faint hint of edge wear and very minor fading to the cloth at the spine in a near fine bright dust jacket with some slight dust soiling to the rear panel and a fine bit of sunning to the spine and with some minor restoration by an expert paper conservationist. Listed in 100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies.
Fine. First edition, first printing. Fine in an unclipped lightly worn and rubbed jacket with some light fading to spine, a few very tiny chips and tears, else a very good and bright copy. Very difficult to find in better than decent condition.
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