The Beautiful and Damned: A Twentieth Century Classic | The Love of the Last Tycoon | The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald | Tender Is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgeraldâs cherished debut novel announced the arrival of a brilliant young writer and anticipated his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. Published in 1920, when the author was just twenty-three, This Side of Paradise recounts the education of young Amory Blaineâegoistic, versatile, callow, imaginative. As Amory makes his way among debutantes and Princeton undergraduates, we enter an environment heady with the promise of everything that was new in the vigorous, restless America after World War I. We experience Amoryâs sailing hopes, crushing defeats, deep loves and stubborn losses. His growth from self-absorption to sexual awareness and personhood unfolds with continuous improvisatory energy and delight. Fitzgeraldâs remarkable formal inventiveness couches Amoryâs narrative among songs, poems, dramatic dialogue, questions and answers. The novelâs freshness and verveâpraised upon publication, now renowned by historyâonly heighten the sense that the world being described is our own, modern world.
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