London: The Grey Walls Press Limited, 1953. First U.K. 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. Bruccoli I2. Item #4975
Octavo (19cm); red paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in black on spine; dustjacket; ,9-272pp. Spine ends gently nudged, with gentle sunning to same, and some faint offsetting from flaps onto endpapers; Very Good+ to Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 10s. 6d. net), spine-sunned, edgeworn, and a little dusty, with a few tiny nicks and tears, and some spotting on verso; Very Good or better.