'I tender these tales of the Jazz Age into the hands of those who read as they run and run as they read.' Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) was Fitzgerald's second collection of short stories, and it contains some of the best examples of his talent as a writer of short fiction. Often overshadowed by his major novels, Fitzgerald's short stories ...Read More'I tender these tales of the Jazz Age into the hands of those who read as they run and run as they read.' Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) was Fitzgerald's second collection of short stories, and it contains some of the best examples of his talent as a writer of short fiction. Often overshadowed by his major novels, Fitzgerald's short stories demonstrate the same originality and inventive range, as he chronicles with wry and astute observation the temper of the hedonistic 1920s. In 'May Day' and 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz', two of his greatest stories, he conjures up the spirit of the age; in other stories he adopts a variety of forms - parody, a one-act play, fantasy - with unrivalled versatility. 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', a tale of a man living his life backwards, features among the 'Fantasies' in Fitzgerald's self-deprecatory Table of Contents, alongside the groupings 'My Last Flappers' and 'Unclassified Masterpieces'. In these eleven stories, Fitzgerald establishes the style that was to make him one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth-century. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.Read Less
Good. No dust jacket. Separation & owner's name on ffep, slight rubbing at edges, lettering on spine faded, page cut tears on contents pages, small bookstore label on back pastedown. Sept 1922 Scribners hc 1st edition 1st state with no additional printings listed, publishers colophon on copyright page, "an" instead of "and" on page 232 line 6.
First edition. His second book of stories, and a hard one to find in decent shape. Presumed first printing, with "an" (vs. "and") p.232: 6. The first two printings had this misprint (corrected in the third printing). But, the type on pages 22, 27, 166, 217, 224, and 252 got progressively worse on the second printing and this book only has battered type on page 22--the type on the other pages looks good, so we assume this is the first printing. There were 3, 000 copies in each printing. Spine ends and corners worn a bit and lettering dulled but still easily readable. Lacking the dust jacket, but with a new FACSIMILE jacket.
Fine- True First Printing, with September, 1922 on the copyright page and "an" instead of "and" on p. 232, one of only 8000 copies printed. Publisher's dark blue-green linen-like cloth, the upper cover lettered in blind, the spine stamped in gold, the fore-edge untrimmed; without the very scarce dust jacket. About Fine, clean, straight and tight, the spine gilt undiminished. Signature on the front fly leaf, in an elegrant script, of Alice Emily Gennett, St. Louis, May 2, 1923. Housed in a high-quality copy of the original dust jacket from Mark Terry's Facsimile Dust Jacket Printshop, in San Francisco. Bruccoli A9.I.a. Fitzgerald divided the eleven stories in this, his second collection (following Flappers and Philosophers, of 1920), into three parts according to subect and, perhaps, intention. The first, 'My Last Flappers, ' contains 'The Jelly Bean, ' written shorly after 'This Side of Paradise, ' Fitzgerald's first novel, published in 1920. 'Fantasies, ' the collection's middle part, contains those stories Fitzgerald considered to have been written in his 'second manner, ' including 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' and 'Tarquin of Cheapside, ' composed almost six years before being added to this collection, during the author's undergraduate days at Princeton. The final part, 'Unclassified Masterpieces, ' includes 'Jemina, ' also written at Princeton. Perhaps the collection's best-known story, the recently filmed 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, ' was inspired by Twain's lament that the best of life came at the beginning, and the worst at the end. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. First Edition, First Printing.
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