THE LAST TYCOON: An Unfinished Novel, Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories
THE LAST TYCOON: An Unfinished Novel, Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories
THE LAST TYCOON: An Unfinished Novel, Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories
THE LAST TYCOON: An Unfinished Novel, Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories
THE LAST TYCOON: An Unfinished Novel, Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories

THE LAST TYCOON: An Unfinished Novel, Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. First edition, first printing with the “A” and the publisher’s seal on the copyright page. A roman a clef, following the Hollywood rise to power of Monroe Stahr, modeled after film producer Irving Thalberg, and his conflicts with rival Pat Brady, a character based on studio head Louis B. Mayer. The novel was unfinished and in rough form at the time of Fitzgerald’s death at the age of 44. His close friend, literary critic and writer Edmund Wilson, collected the notes for the book and edited it for publication. This copy is inscribed on the front flyleaf by Frances Kroll Ring to Nicholas Patrick Beck, an avid F. Scott Fitzgerald collector and scholar, who was also a journalism professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Ring (1916-2015) was the personal secretary of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood from 1939 and until his death in 1940. She typed the manuscript for The Last Tycoon and settled Fitzgerald's affairs upon his death. This included corresponding with Wilson and advising him on the author’s intentions for the book. Octavo. Original blue cloth binding, with gilt titles. An especially crisp and tight, near fine copy in an uncommonly nice example of the dust jacket with only some light fading along the spine and occasional mild edgewear. Offered together with a first paperback edition (1987) of Frances Kroll Ring’s AGAINST THE CURRENT: As I Remember F. Scott Fitzgerald, also inscribed to Beck and accompanied by a small group of correspondence (1983-91) between Ring and Beck. This includes one typed letter signed and four handwritten notes. Notably, in a 1991 note, Ring confirms the authenticity of a typed letter signed in Beck's collection from Fitzgerald to Charles Marquis Warren. A photocopy of the Fitzgerald letter, dated May 15, 1939, is included. The group also includes a four-page document entitled Facts About Gatsby, which was prepared by Beck and is signed by Ring on the front panel. Near fine / Very good. Item #66086

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