This Side of Paradise
c1923, a rare early printing of F Scott Fitzgerald's first novel
Early printing (first cheap edition). Small hardback, red boards with printed titling to spine. 18 × 11cm, 292pp.
This Side of Paradise tells the story of Amory Blaine, the only child of wealthy parents, whose journey from adolescence to adulthood follows him from prep school through to Princeton University, where his literary talents flourish, in contrast to his academic failure. A sequence of love affairs with beautiful young women are fatally damaged by the collapse of his family’s fortune, and the novel ends with him poised to face the challenge of making his own way in the world. Composed in an unconventional narrative mode, the novel is a rich fusion of satiric and romance idioms, and found a captivated audience on its publication in1920. It made Fitzgerald rich and famous overnight.
A scarce early printing but in poor condition. The red cloth is heavily bumped and stained, the contents foxed with marginal staining. However, it remains in readable condition. Previous owner's name in pencil to title page.