Tender Is the Night
by FITZGERALD, F. Scott
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Fitzgerald had almost no popular success in England, and that failure was a matter of continuous vexation to him, a fact borne out in many of his letters and in every biography that treats on it. William Collins had published Fitzgerald's first four books in unknown but clearly very small numbers: According to *Some Sort of Epic Grandeur*: "None of these books sold well... Collins declined *The Great Gatsby*, which was published by Chatto & Windus in 1926. The novel was not a success... ." Consequently first English editions of all five of these books are extremely uncommon.
Chatto declined to publish Fitzgerald's next book, *All the Sad Young Men* and consequently that book had no contemporary English publisher. By 1934, Fitzgerald had all but fallen off the literary map when this, his last completed novel, was issued. Apparently the sales of *Tender* were no better than Fitzgerald's earlier efforts in England: this first edition was the last book by Fitzgerald published in England in his lifetime. No second printing was required. Publisher Butler and Tanner issued a "cheap edition" in 1936 with leftover sheets of the first edition.
Bruccoli, in his bibliography, locates four copies of the first English edition of *Tender is the Night. OCLC* locates those copies and nine others, only of five of them in the U.S. We could find only one copy of the English edition recorded as being sold at auction (during the same span of our search, 82 copies of the American first edition were sold).
Tender is the Night was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel in nine years (since The Great Gatsby in 1925) and his fourth and final to complete. The generally autobiographical work reflects events surrounding the hospitalization of Fitzgerald’s schizophrenic wife, Zelda, and his own unrelenting alcoholism. Tender is the Night was published in four issues of Scribner's Magazine (January — April) until Charles Scribner’s Sons produced the first novel edition in April 1934. The novel, whose title comes from John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale,” has two versions in print: the original, which uses flashbacks in the narrative, and the second, revised version, published posthumously by Malcolm Cowley, in which the storyline is restructured so that events take place chronologically. Some have suggested that this particular revision was in reaction to critics of the original. Tender is the Night sold only 12,000 copies in its first three months compared to Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, which sold over 50,000 in a similar time period. Still, reception for Tender is the Night steadily grew over time. Today, it is ranked 28th on the Modern Library’s list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century as well as 69th on NPR’s “100 Years, 100 Novels, One List.”
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