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This Side of Paradise / The Beautiful and Damned By F. Scott Fitzgerald

This Side of Paradise / The Beautiful and Damned

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This Side of Paradise was Fitzgerald's first novel, and its instant success made him famous. The Beautiful and Damned was Fitzgerald's second novel, and describes the beginning of what became known as 'The Jazz Age'.

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This Side of Paradise / The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

With an Introduction and Notes by Lionel Kelly, University of Reading.

This Side of Paradise tells the story of Amory Blaine, the only child of wealthy parents, whose journey from adolescence to adulthood follows him from prep school through to Princeton University, where his literary talents flourish, in contrast to his academic failure. A sequence of love affairs with beautiful young women are fatally damaged by the collapse of his family's fortune, and the novel ends with him poised to face the challenge of making his own way in the world. Composed in an unconventional narrative mode, the novel is a rich fusion of satiric and romance idioms, and found a captivated audience on its publication in 1920. It made Fitzgerald rich and famous overnight.

The Beautiful and Damned is a bleaker version of the corrosive power of wealth and its privileges, one of Fitzgerald's abiding subjects. Anthony Patch, is heir to a huge fortune, whose marriage to the beautiful and indolent Gloria is increasingly shadowed by Anthony's fall into alcoholism. Though he wins a lawsuit to gain his inheritance of millions of dollars, it is a pyrrhic victory, for he is now a physically and morally broken man.

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This Side of Paradise / The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Wordsworth Classics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
2011-05-05
608
1840226625
9781840226621
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