Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scriber's Sons, 1934. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrations by Edward Shenton. First edition, first printing, with Scribner's "A" present on copyright page (later printings omitted this publisher's code). Publisher's dark green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. Very good, with light staining to front board and fore edge of text block, light rubbing to spine ends and corners, a touch of toning to spine, mild dimming to gilt, slight lean to spine, and a tear to p. 405. Overall, a sturdy and clean copy. Bruccoli A14.I.a. Tender is the Night is Fitzgerald's last completed novel, based on the lives of American expatriates living in Paris and the French Riviera. The book, a complicated tale of love and lust, gives readers a glimpse into the characters' stories through a series of flashbacks scattered throughout the chronological plotline. Like many of Fitzgerald's works, Tender is the Night is semi-autobiographical in nature, with the author'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. Interestingly, Fitzgerald took the title "Tender is the Night" from a line in John Keats' poem "Ode to a Nightingale." Item #FSF142