The Letters of F Scott Fitzgerald
1964, the first UK edition
First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 15cm, xviii + 615pp
Scott Fitzgerald's life and work have fused into tragic legend. This famous collection of letters shows the growth of this legend in all its aspects: the dedicated writer, full of lively concern for the work of his contemporaries, dominates his uninhibited correspondences with Ernest Hemingway, Edmund Wilson, John Peale Bishop and Maxwell Perkins, his publisher and confidant. The genius wracked by failure and domestic tragedy is revealed in his searing letter to his daughter and to his wife, Zelda. Others, such as the extraordinary letters to Gerald and Sarah Murphy, who were so important in the shaping of Tender is the Night, show specific influences on his work. Selected mainly from the thirties, Fitzgerald's period of eclipse, they make a deeply moving combination of desperation, humour, wry self-knowledge and last-ditch courage.
The book itself is in good condition, with some finger-marking to the page edges. The dustwrapper is edgeworn and the rear panel is quite heavily marked.