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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1901 - 1948)



April 13, 2004
New York, NY, US

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Save Me the Waltz. New York: Scribner's, 1932

In 8s (7 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.; 188 x 136). Original light green cloth; a trifle faded, free endpapers with natural discoloration. Pictorial dust jacket by Cleonike depicting an idealized young couple dancing among flowers against a pink sky, photograph of Zelda on rear panel; light wear at ends of spine and edges of front panel. Cloth slipcase.


Bruccoli I1


First edition. "Zelda Fitzgerald's only novel is heavily autobiographical, and Fitzgerald was upset by her appropriation of material he intended to develop in Tender Is the Night. After she made revisions, Scribner's published the novel on October 7. It was not well received; readers and critics had difficulty with Zelda Fitzgerald's idiosyncratic prose style" (Bruccoli Collecion, F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Exhibition 169). Zelda wrote the novel mainly during a six-week period while at the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore (she was there from February to June 1932 following her second breakdown). Copies of Save Me the Waltz inscribed by her are exceedingly rare, as evidenced by the absence of one in this collection after all the years of searching. Cleonike also designed the dust jackets for Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, the 1930 In Our Time, and for Fitzgerald's All the Sad Young Men; the one on Save Me the Waltz is his most delightful. A very good copy.

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