Hard Cover. Cincinnati, New York, and London: The John Church Co., 1915. First Edition. Fine.
First edition. 4to. Publisher's white boards printed in orange and black, titles in decorative frame with jesters and mask, orange cloth spine. Near fine, with bottom corners bumped and creased, rear board with some light overall soiling and some creasing, else bright and clean. Overall, an excellent copy of an extremely scarce book. Housed in a custom brown cloth clamshell box with leather spine label. Bruccoli A3. The Evil Eye is a musical score for the Princeton University Triangle Club musical comedy show, featuring eighteen lyrics written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Each year, the club put on a completely student-written and produced show, usually involving male actors dressed up as female characters. During his time at Princeton, Fitzgerald wrote the lyrics for three consecutive Triangle Club shows: Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi! (1914), The Evil Eye (1915), and Safety First (1916). Unfortunately, he was unable to perform in these shows due to poor grades. Edmund Wilson, a Princeton colleague and friend of Fitzgerald's, wrote the book for The Evil Eye, and went on to become an important literary critic and author, penning the critically acclaimed historical work To the Finland Station (1940). Wilson maintained a close relationship with Fitzgerald throughout his life, and edited two of Fitzgerald's posthumous works, The Last Tycoon (1941) and The Crack-Up (1945). This copy of The Evil Eye is from an important collection of Edmund Wilson material.