First edition, a beautiful copy with college humor-laced provenance from the year of publication.
"An extension of THE GREAT GATSBY, enlarging the examination of the effects of wealth on character." <br />– Bruccoli on "The Rich Boy," the first story in the collection.
Fitzgerald's third collection of short stories, this book followed directly in the wake of GATSBY's success. The stories themselves, including "Absolution" and "The Rich Boy, " were composed both before and after GATSBY, taking on similar themes, and building a larger conversation with the beloved novel. Copies rarely survive in as beautiful shape as this one, but the additional provenance feels particularly apt: it was gifted to sorority member Charlotte Cooper at Syracuse University's Alpha Phi House. The giver has not only inscribed the book, but added a joke about venereal disease into the jacket design: "ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN [printed] / because of Croupy Coop [manuscript]."
A tremendously fitting Jazz-Age provenance with an otherwise pristine copy.
Read more: Bruccoli, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. 7.5'' x 5''. Original full green cloth, lettered in blind on front board and in gilt on spine. Original unclipped brown pictorial dust jacket with flapper on front panel by Cleonike Damianakes Wilkins. Fore edge machine deckle. Scribner's seal on copyright page. , 267,  pages. Inked joke "because of Croupy Coop" on front panel of jacket, referring to gift recipient to whom the book is inscribed on the front pastedown: "Charlotte F. Cooper / Alpha Phi House / From / Lee Story / March 1926." Syracuse University Book Store ticket on gutter of front pastedown. Aside from inscriptions, beautiful.
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