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    F. Scott Fitzgerald. All the Sad Young Men. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. First edition of Fitzgerald's third collection of short stories, with slightly battered type in the page number on page 90, and in the left margin on pages 38 and 248, in the first state dust jacket, with no batter to the lips of the woman on the front panel. Octavo (7.4375 x 5.125 inches; 190 x 130 mm.). [8], 267, [1, blank] pages. Original dark bluish green cloth linen-grain cloth lettered in blind on front cover and ruled and lettered in gilt on spine. Top and bottom edges trimmed. Very slight indentation at outer edge of front cover; rear cover bumped at lower edge near spine; spine extremities lightly rubbed, with a few tiny chips at foot of spine; endpapers browned slightly from dust jacket flaps. A few small abraded areas on the top edge of the text block, resulting in tiny edge dings to a few leaves; over-opened between pages 152 and 153; the center two leaves of several gatherings with a diagonal crease in the upper margin; tiny separation at lower gutter between pages 128 and 129; a few scattered pencil marks. A near fine copy. In the original first state brown pictorial dust jacket printed in black and olive green by Cleonike Damianakes Wilkins (signed: "Cleon"). Unclipped, with the $2.00 price on the front flap. Jacket with light rubbing and edge wear; jacket spine darkened, with a few small chips and tears at extremities; a larger piece missing at bottom of spine (measuring approximately one-eighth by one-half inch), just affecting the "S" in "SCRIBNERS"; front panel with a few scratch marks and a tiny chip at lower edge; short tears to folds at top and bottom of spine; tiny chips at top and bottom of flap folds. Still, a very nice example, totally unrestored, and in better condition than is often seen. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A13.1.a-c. From the collection of Donald Kaufmann.

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    "The Scribners records show three printings of ASYM in 1926 [on 26 February (10,100 copies), in March (3,020 copies), and in May, (3,050 copies)]. These were not identified by the publisher and have not been differentiated by bibliographical tests. No textual variants have been discovered by machine collation. Batter has been noted at 38.6-9 (left margin), 248.21-24 (left margin), and 90 (folio)" (Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, p. 87).

    "During June 1925 Fitzgerald began selecting stories for his third collection... All the Sad Young Men, published by Scribners on 26 February 1926, was Fitzgerald's strongest collection, with four major stories ('The Rich Boy,' 'Winter Dreams,' 'Absolution,' and 'The Sensible Thing') as well as five commercial stories ('The Baby Party,' 'Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les,' 'The Adjuster,' 'Hot and Cold Blood,' and 'Gretchen's Forty Winks'). The volume was dedicated TO RING AND ELLIS LARDNER. As was his custom, Fitzgerald polished the magazine texts of these stories. He was convinced that the book publication of stories affected his reputation, whereas the magazine appearances were ignored by critics. A particular concern was to remove from the stories any passages that had been incorporated into The Great Gatsby, for he believed that it was dishonest to use the same phrases in different volumes. All the Sad Young Men was successful for a story volume-three printings and 16,170 copies in 1926...The reviewers were for the most part friendly, with the warmest praise appearing in an unsigned Bookman review ["The Best of His Time," The Bookman 63 [May 1926], pp. 348-349]: 'As F. Scott Fitzgerald continues to publish books it becomes apparent that he is head and shoulders better than any writer of his generation.' Most of the critics did not realize just how good the best stories were" (Matthew J. Bruccoli, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2002), p. 231).

    "The first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short-fiction collection All the Sad Young Men (1926) contains nine stories, including three of his best-'The Rich Boy,' 'Winter Dreams,' and 'Absolution.' The entire collection is strong: its themes are consistent from story to story, its characters are memorable, and its language is pitch-perfect and luminous. Fitzgerald began to assemble and revise the material for the collection in May 1925, a few weeks after formal publication of ... The nine stories that Fitzgerald chose for the Scribners edition of All the Sad Young Men had all been published in magazines: 'The Rich Boy,' Red Book, 46 (January-February 1926); 'Winter Dreams,' Metropolitan Magazine, 56 (December 1922); 'The Baby Party,' Hearst's International, 47 (February 1925); 'Absolution,' American Mercury, 2 (June 1924); 'Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les,' McCall's, 51 (July 1924); 'The Adjuster,' Red Book, 45 (September 1925); 'Hot and Cold Blood,' Hearst's International, 44 (August 1923); '"The Sensible Thing,"' Liberty, 1 (5 July 1924); and 'Gretchen's Forty Winks,' Saturday Evening Post, 196 (15 March 1924). All the Sad Young Men was formally published on 26 February 1926 at a price of $2.00. It sold well: a first printing of 10,100 was quickly exhausted; two more printings followed, one in March of 3,020 copies and another in May of 3,050" (F. Scott Fitzgerald, All the Sad Young Men (2014), The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by James L. W. West III, pp. xi-xiv of the Introduction).



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