“It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being": F. Scott's Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise; Signed by Him

  • This Side of Paradise.

This Side of Paradise.

Item Number: 27052

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920.

First edition, early printing dated October, 1920 on copyright page of Fitzgerald’s first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Most sincerely F. Scott Fitzgerald.” In fine condition. An exceptional example.

This Side of Paradise is the debut novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It takes its title from a line of Rupert Brooke's poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post–World War I youth. The novel's hero, Amory Blaine, is a handsome, spoiled young man who attends Princeton, becomes involved in literary activities and has several ill-fated romances. A portrait of the Lost Generation, the novel addresses Fitzgerald's later theme of love distorted by social climbing and greed" (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). Fitzgerald was still at university when he submitted the manuscript, then titled The Romantic Egoist, to Charles Scribner, whom he had known at Princeton. It was published on 26 March 1920, was an immediate success, and launched Fitzgerald's literary career.