Title: The Romantic Egoists
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
Publication Date: 1974
Binding: Hard Cover in Slipcase
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued
Signed: Signed By the Editor
Edition: 1st Edition
No. 262 of 500 copies, Signed by Scottie Ftizgerald Smith, an editor and F. Scott's daughter. Loosely inserted are two 14" x 11" colour reproductions of Zelda's watercolors. Half maroon cloth over paper boards, gilt titles to the cover cloth and spinestrip, map endpapers, pp. x, 246, profusely illustrated, in fact it's pretty much all illustrations, photos, and newspaper clippings, like a scrapbook, beautifully done and very interesting. Except for a tiny and unobtrusive price sticker to the front pastedown, the book is in As New Condition. Housed in a matching pictorial slipcase. Tiny stain to rear and slightly rubbed at the head, else very good plus. Size: Folio Limited First Edition, Signed & Numbered. Bookseller Inventory # 19057
Synopsis: This pictorial autobiography of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald documents two lives that have become legendary. The book draws almost entirely from the scrapbooks and photograph albums that the Fitzgeralds scrupulously kept as their personal record and provides a wealth of illustrative material not previously available. The book offers: Fitzgerald's thoughts about his early loves in St Paul, Minnesota; a photograph of the country club in Montgomery, Alabama, where the two met; reviews of "This Side of Paradise"; poems to the couple from Ring Lardner; snapshots of their trips abroad; Fitzgerald's careful accounting of his earnings; a photograph of the house on Long Island where "The Great Gatsby" was conceived; postcards with Fitzgerald's drawings for his daughter. These rare photographs and memorabilia combine into a narrative augmented by selections from Scott's and Zelda's own writings, conveying the spirit of particuular moments in their lives.
About the Author: MATTHEW J. BRUCCOLI, the Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, is the leading authority on the House of Scribner and its authors. He is the author of Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the editorial director of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. He lives in Columbia.
SCOTTIE FITZGERALD SMITH (1921–1986) was the only child of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. She worked on the staffs of Time and the New Yorker and wrote for the New York Times and the Washington Post. Smith considered The Romantic Egoists her ultimate tribute to her parents.
The late JOAN P. KERR (1921–1996), a founding editor of American Heritage magazine, was a specialist in American art and photography.
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