Inscribed to George Burns and Gracie AllenF. Scott Fitzgerald. Tender is the Night. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
First edition, with "A" on the copyright page. Presentation copy inscribed by the author in ink on the second front free endpaper: "For "George & Gracie" / in gratitude for a / thousand laughs & / appreciation of the work behind it / F. Scott Fitzgerald / (and daughter)". Twelvemo. 408 pages. Headpiece and tailpiece decorations by Edward Shenton. Gracie Allen's personal bookplate on the front pastedown.
Original green cloth with a single rule stamped in blind on the front board and titles in gold on the spine. Edges untrimmed. Lacking front free endpaper. Sadly the rear board has suffered significant water damage causing discoloration and waviness to the cloth. Fortunately the contents miraculously escaped the corresponding damage and remain toned but tight. With an area of ghosting between the rear pastedown and rear endpaper. Front board has a small dent to the lower edge as well as moderate spotting. A good copy with a great association.
A unique item inscribed by an icon of American letters to two icons of the American stage and screen. It's possible that Fitzgerald met George and Gracie during his years in Hollywood writing scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and may have shared a passing friendship with the two. Interestingly Fitzgerald has included a reference to his daughter, Frances "Scottie" Fitzgerald in his inscription. Tender is the Night was another of Fitzgerald's "mini-autobiographies" disguised as fiction chronicling the deterioration of Dick Diver, a brilliant American psychiatrist, during the course of his marriage to a wealthy mental patient. This mimicked Fitzgerald's own decline during the period his wife Zelda was in and out of institutions. Certainly Fitzgerald understood the "work behind" the creative process and suffered the more for it.
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