“THE VICTOR BELONGS TO THE SPOILS”: FIRST ISSUE OF FITZGERALD’S THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. Octavo, original green cloth. $1500.
First edition, first issue, of Fitzgerald’s second novel.
"The Beautiful and Damned brought Fitzgerald accolades from those whose opinions he valued. Mencken congratulated him for staking out new ground… Fitzgerald was aiming high; he only wanted to be the best novelist of his generation" (Turnbull, 130-31). Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda in 1930, "I wish The Beautiful and Damned had been a maturely written book because it was all true. We ruined ourselves… I have never honestly thought that we ruined each other" (Bruccoli, 180). First issue, with "Published March, 1922" on copyright page. Without extremely scarce dust jacket. Bruccoli A8.1.a.