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|"... My whole theory of
writing I can sum up in one sentence: An author ought to write for the
youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the
schoolmasters of ever afterward ...." from The Author's
Apology, THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, 1st edition, 3rd printing,
THE SAD YOUNG MEN
of Fitzgerald's literary agent)
Ober was F. Scott Fitzgerald's for most of Fitzgerald's
career. Ober often lent Fitzgerald in advance of payment for the
short stories Fitzgerald wrote and published to pay
his and Zelda's generally exceptional, sometimes exotic, often expensive
Ober's signature appears on the front pastedown of this book.
difficult to think of a better association copy, other, perhaps, than ALL
THE SAD YOUNG MEN inscribed to Ring Lardner, to wom the book is dedicated.
relationship with Harold Ober and his family spanned from approximately
1920 and up until Fitzgerald's death in 1940. Sometimes the
relationship was tempestuous. Most often it was friendly, caring,
and endearing -- Ober an adopted relatively doing the best he could to
keep Fitzgerald on track to make the best of his literary career.
one time, Scottie Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott and Zelda,
with the Obers while F. Scott tended to the mental health needs of Zelda.
book has a superb provenance: sold to Kenneth Rendell in 2001 by
descendants of Harold Ober; sold to William Reese in 2004; afterwards,
purchased by us at Mt. Gothic Tomes and Colorado Artifactual in 2019.
original dust jacket is supplied and was most likely discarded several
is very good to very good plus condition; front and back cloth covers
being in very good plus to near fine condition. However, the spine
cloth has seen significant use, rubbing and fading. Still, binding
is strong and book feels tight.
pages show occasional light foxing; page edges exhibited faint
toning. Otherwise, book is clean and impressive. No noticeable
"battering" of type throughout text, and therefore assumed to be
a first edition, first printing.
dust jacket is in very good plus to near fine condition. Shows no
"battering" of lips. Has some light wear at head and toe
of spine; strong hinges; original price present on inner front flap.
or inscribed first edition copies of ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN are far from
readily available in the F. Scott Fitzgerald market; and, we are very
proud to exhibit this excellent copy, especially because of its
association to literary agent Harold Ober and the emotion-laden
inscription to his wife, Anne Ober.
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