The Beautiful and the Damned.

“We all have souls of different ages": First Edition of The Beautiful and the Damned; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

The Beautiful and the Damned.



Item Number: 137601

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922.

First edition, first state of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original green cloth, titles to the spine in gilt. Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with some light restoration to the crown of the spine, contemporary name to the front free endpaper. Jacket illustrated by W.E. Hill. Uncommon in the original dust jacket and in this condition.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, was a pivotal book in his career. A trenchant satire of the Jazz Age, it is very much a novel of its times. It tells the story of Anthony Patch, his relationship with his wife Gloria, his service in the army, and his alcoholism. The novel provides an excellent portrait of the Eastern elite as the Jazz Age begins its ascent, engulfing all classes into what would soon be known as the Café Society.

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