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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,
or From President to Postman, by
Fitzgerald. First edition, 1923, in original dust jacket.
BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD to SCOTT TRUEX, leading man in the Atlantic City
play. The production ran for one week at Nixon's Apollo Theater
and then closed. Ring Lardner and his wife accompanied F. Scott
and Zelda Fitzgerald on opening night. Zelda wrote, "... In
brief, the show flopped as flat as one of Aunt Jeminas famous
pancakes -- Scott and Truex and Harris were terribly disappointed and so
was I as I had already spent the first weeks N.Y. royalty for a dress to
wear to the opening night ...."
was previously owned by Emily O'Neill Davies (Emily Davies Vanderbilt.
O'Neill Davies Vanderbilt Thayer Whitfield had many names. Her birth
name was Emily O'Neill Davies. She was the daughter of Frederick Martin
banker, broker and noted horseman, who raised his family in a large
private house at
20 E. 82nd Street
. Her mother, also named Emily O'Neill Davies, was the daughter of
Daniel O'Neill, the editor and owner of the Pittsburgh Dispatch. When
Daniel O'Neill died in 1877, leaving a fortune valued at $8,000,000, his
wife Emma (nee Seely) married his brother, Eugene M. O'Neill, who took
over the paper.
Frederick Martin Davies was
the cousin of Bradley and Townsend Martin, and best friend of Alfred
Gwynne Vanderbilt. Ironically, Davies died the day before Vanderbilt set
sail on the ill-fated
and lost his life. So it seemed a fitting twist of fate that in a
fairy-tale wedding at Grace Church in
in 1923, Davies' beautiful young daughter Emily would marry Vanderbilt's
son, William Henry Vanderbilt III.
more on the exotic and intriguing life of Emily O'Neill Davies, please
see the following website:
Emily O'Neill Davies
quotation in Fitzgerald's inscription is from the ending of THE
VEGETABLE. Ernest Truex was the lead actor in this
production; and he, too, signed this book.
other copies of this Fitzgerald title, also signed and inscribed
in the same purple ink, have been catalogued, both with a
similar inscriptions; both books inscribed by Fitzgerald as well
as signed by Truex
book is truly a museum piece!
interested, please inquire.
note: all our F. Scott Fitzgerald signatures and/or inscriptions have
verifiable provenance. We invite you to inquire about any of the
signed or inscribed Fitzgerald books that are of interest to you.
or From President to Postman
by F. Scott
Fitzgerald. First edition, 1923
|In ORIGINAL first state dust jacket.
Condition: very good with professional conservation repairs. The book
itself is in near fine condition, with bright gilt lettering on spine,
clean cloth, and fresh pages. The dust jacket is original with
several tears and chips that have been mended with neutral pH
conservation materials. Spine of dust jacket has been lightly
sunned, but is, for the most part, reasonably clean and intact.
There is some waviness to the dust jacket panels, mostly due to the
cleaning and repairs. Artwork on dust jacket is by John Held,
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,
published April 1923. Condition of cloth covers:
near fine. Dust jacket has had some
conservation work done: chips and tears repaired by a professional.
Cloth spine in near fine
condition. Condition of pages and
endpapers: near fine; no foxing, stains, browning, or fading. However,
there is a previous owner's name on the upper part of the front
interested, please inquire.
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