Rare first printing of Fitzgerald's second novel, a sharply satirical portrait of a Jazz Age couple very like the Fitzgeralds.
Fine in very good plus jacket.
THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED
"Wine gave a sort of gallantry to their own failure."
Fitzgerald's second semi-autobiographical novel, holding an outstanding place in the literature on what it is to be young, beautiful, gifted, drunk, and useless. A rich boy sent to Harvard because "there was no other logical thing to be done with him," the cheerful, pleasant Anthony Patch sees his inner foundations slowly corroded by the sure expectation of coming into great wealth; while Gloria Gilbert, who likes to talk about her legs "as though they were a sort of choice bric-à-brac," fulfills the prophecy given her before her birth: "You will find much that is bogus. Also, you will do much that is bogus." Anthony and Gloria find each other, fall in love, and stylishly fall apart as the Jazz Age dawns and the Great War looms. A beautiful copy in the uncommon dust jacket.
Read more: Bruccoli, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A Bibliography, A8.I.a.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. 7.25'' x 5.25''. Original green cloth with gilt-lettered spine and blind-stamped front board. In original dust jacket, illustrated by W.E. Hill. Deckle edges. Stated publishing date March 1922. Leaves joining dedication page and table of contents still unopened. , 449,  pages. Very mild wear to boards at extremities. Faint crease to front paste-down. Shallow chips to jacket at spine ends and rear panel; light wear and several small closed tears to edges.
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