New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. First Edition. Fitzgerald's first and only published novel, written over the course of six weeks while being treated for schizophrenia at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Drawing heavily on her own life and marriage with Scott, the novel follows the story of Alabama Beggs, a Southern girl who marries a successful artist, and who is determined to be successful in her own right. Scott was outraged after reading the manuscript, forcing Zelda to revise extensively before he approved submitting it to publisher Maxwell Perkins. Scribner's published the novel on October 7, 1932, to mostly negative reviews from critics and poor sales; according to Nancy Milford, Zelda's biographer, the novel sold only 1,392 copies, for which she earned $120.73. The novel's failure, coupled with her husband's negative reaction to the draft of a second novel, crushed her spirits, and she never published another novel. A superlative copy of this highspot of 20th century women's fiction. Bruccoli I1. Item #4571
First Printing, one of 3,010 copies. Octavo (19.5cm); publisher's jade green linen, with titling and decorations stamped in dark blue on spine and front cover; grayish-green topstain; dustjacket; [viii],285,pp. Lower corners tapped (though still sharp), else a fresh, Fine copy, with the cloth unspoiled and a bright, even topstain. In the dustjacket designed by Cleonike Damianakes; unclipped (priced $2.00), with a minimum of shelfwear, minor rubbing to spine ends, and a single, tiny tear to upper edge of front panel; the sensitive pink and orange colors on spine and front panel notably bright and unfaded; Near Fine.