“SO WE BEAT ON, BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT, BORNE BACK CEASELESSLY INTO THE PAST”
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Octavo, original green cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of this landmark of 20th-century fiction, Fitzgerald’s haunting tale of “empty elegance and impossible love” in the Jazz Age (Julie Bosman) and one of America’s greatest novels.
In 1922, having already written This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and Damned, Fitzgerald told his publisher Max Perkins, "I want to write something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned" (Bruccoli, 198). The triumphant result three years later was The Great Gatsby, published just before what Fitzgerald called the summer of "1000 parties and no work" (Fitch, 183). Noted critic Cyril Connolly called Gatsby one of the half dozen best American novels: "[Gatsby] remains a prose poem of delight and sadness which has by now introduced two generations to the romance of America, as Huckleberry Finn and Leaves of Grass introduced those before it" (The Modern Movement, 48). First printing,with "sick in tired" on page 205 and all other first-issue points. Without extremely rare original dust jacket. Bruccoli A11.1.a. Bookplate.
Interior clean. Cloth generally fresh with minor abrasion to rear board, spine gilt bright and unrubbed. A beautiful copy in about-fine condition.