London: Grey Walls Press, 1953. Edward Pagram. First UK Revised Edition. Octavo. (19 cm.) 418 pp. Full dark gold cloth. Titles in gilt on spine. Pictorial dust jacket grey-toned illustration of gentleman smoking a cigarette against a nightlife in the city backdrop. Mild offset toning to front free endpapers and some very minor rubbing to jacket edges. All in all, an excellent copy with few flaws. Fine. Item #64
He considered it his masterpiece.
At the time of the initial publication of "Tender Is The Night" in 1934, reviewers had mixed opinions about what would be F. Scott Fitzgerald's final novel. But, Fitzgerald, the literary hero of the Jazz Age, was again, ahead of his time. Many now consider "Tender Is The Night" to perhaps be even greater than "The Great Gatsby". Because of sluggish sales and mixed reviews, Fitzgerald revised his last novel several times. This, particular edition of 1953 contains Fitzgerald's final revisions, entrusting writer and editor, Malcolm Cowley, with his ultimate notes and instructions. This posthumous edition has the narrative rearranged into chronological order with a preface by Cowley, an appendix regarding the manuscript and an additional 10 pages of revealing notes and facts about the text and the true inspirations behind the characters in the book. And, although the novel very deeply involves wealthy, American expatriots, it was English, working class, artist Edward Pagram who provided the charcoal illustration for the dust jacket. A very interesting and important edition for the F. Scott Fitzgerald collector.