The Last Tycoon (with typed "review" by Marjorie K. Rawlings)
by Fitzgerald, F. Scott
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941. First edition. about Fine/about Fine. A lovely copy of the book, just about Fine with the top edge a trifle dusty, otherwise in excellent condition. In a remarkably bright dust jacket with minor wear at the spine ends and corners and a half-inch closed tear at the top of the rear panel. Unusually, this jacket shows NO fading or toning. This copy came with a typed note by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, apparently her reaction and evaluation of "The Rich Boy." The note is typed on the back of a Scribner's invoice slip. Our belief is that this book was likely sent to Rawlings by Maxwell Perkins (or at his request) for a review. Perkins was the long-time editor at Scribners, working with Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Wolfe, Rawlings and many of the other top writers of the early to mid-twentieth century. We can find no publication of the "review," and believe it may only exist here. If was tucked in between pages 442 and 443 in the book, just after "The Rich Boy," and is seemingly written in response to that story."The tragedy came, I think, from having a spectacular success too early, and on top of that, valueing [sic] the wrong things in living. It is difficult enough to be happy when one takes satisfaction from the simple and infallible things, but it is an R.S.V.P. invitation to disaster to depend on the quicksands of the treacherous things that to him represented the gloria mundi." Signed in ink, Marjorie Rawlings. about Fine in about Fine dust jacket.
(Inventory #: 1674)
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