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    F. Scott Fitzgerald fears that the Great Gatsby is "not going to appeal to many people"

    F. Scott Fitzgerald Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", Paris, circa 1925. Includes an envelope postmarked Paris 1925 and addressed in Fitzgerald's hand to Lewis Somers Frambes Jr. of Ventnor City, New Jersey. The letter reads in full:

    "Thank you very much for your most kind and cordial expression of opinion about Gatsby. I'm afraid its not going to appeal to many people as its rather a bitter dose and so I particularly value such a ["a" has been struck through] pleasant and frank statements that it does appeal to a few. [Signed] Sincerely F. Scott Fitzgerald."

    Fitzgerald, only twenty-eight years old when the Great Gatsby was first published in April 1925, was right: the first edition did not appeal to many and, thus, sold poorly in its first year (only 20,000 copies). After the initial publication, Fitzgerald, together with his wife Zelda, spent much of his time in the nightclubs and bars of Paris. When he died in 1940, he reckoned himself a failure. Only after World War II did the Great Gatsby, now considered among the greatest of American novels, become popular. This letter is toned with folds; the envelope is lightly soiled.

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