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    F. Scott Fitzgerald Typed Letter Signed "F Scott Fitzgerald". Two pages, 8.5" x 11", Baltimore; February 28, 1935. Addressed to Dean M. Stewart, with hand written emendations made by Fitzgerald in black ink. The letter reads, in full:

    "It seems to me that somebody in the Little Colonel books, was it Joyce's mother, had to go to Kansas on account of weak lungs and from the reference to your letter I gather that you or one of your family has been similarly afflicted. I went through that mill in undergraduate days and I can deeply sympathize - if I am right in my guess. I have a good critical mind, young lady, and your observations upon the undersigned were sharp and perhaps too much to the point to make me entirely comfortable. During the long enforced seclusion of writing 'Tender is the Night' I deflated my horizon so much that in the last few months it seemed I could hardly breathe in it; lately I've been going out a little more because there is a limit, as you suggest, to what one can dredge out of the domestic racket, especially as mine has been quite as melancholy as is called for by the general specifications for life. The Red Book story was an escape. Since you seem interested it was the beginning of a series for the Post and was prompted by the escape complex. The idea was to publish eight or ten episodes of Philippe's youthful career and then evolve that into a novel, a perfectly serious novel. The obstacle was the Post who were not interested. The Red Book paid only half the price and I was on rather a financial spot and had to write Post stories so it was four months before the next story reached the Red Book. However, they now have three more and will be getting on with them shortly. They have been fun to write and I do them with none of the strain that accompanied the Post stories of youth and love. So much for your guesses being right and half right. I am awfully glad that you saw Philippe was a perfectly honest beginning of something. I hope to the devil this isn't a Greely letter. I don't write those to such as you, lady, and I do honestly hope we meet."

    The letter is accompanied by a copy of Fitzgerald's, All the Sad Young Men. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922, 1926. First edition, octavo. 267 pages. Bound in publisher's full green cloth, front boards lettered in blind, spines lettered in gilt.

    Condition: The letter has flattened folds with toning throughout. A few spots of soiling and foxing on page two. Bold and clear signature by Fitzgerald. The book has two loose pages at the front. The spine and front board are detached from the text block. Back cover is still attached but is loose. Inner pages are toned throughout. Bumping at corners and spine. Some fraying at the spine edges.


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