The Beautiful and Damned (Google eBook)

Front Cover, 1972 - Fiction - 363 pages
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The Beautiful and Damned, first published by Scribner's in 1922, is F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel. It portrays the Eastern elite during the Jazz Age, exploring New York Caf Society. As in Fitzgerald's other novels, the characters are complex, especially with respect to marriage and intimacy. The book is believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald's relationship with Zelda Fitzgerald.

[Plot summary]

The Beautiful and Damned tells the story of Anthony Patch, a 1920s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon's fortune, his relationship with his wife, Gloria, his service in the army, and his alcoholism.
Toward the end of the novel, Fitzgerald references himself:
"You know these new novels make me tired. My God! Everywhere I go some silly girl asks me if I've read 'This Side of Paradise.' Are our girls really like that? If it's true to life, which I don't believe, the next generation is going to the dogs. I'm sick of all this shoddy realism."

[Publication history]

Fitzgerald wrote The Beautiful and Damned quickly, following editorial suggestions from his friend Edmund Wilson and his editor Max Perkins. The book was serialized in Metropolitan Magazine in 1921 and in March 1922 the book was published. Based on the credible sales of his first book, This Side of Paradise, Scribners prepared an initial print-run of 20,000 copies and mounted an advertising campaign for the book. The book sold well enough to warrant additional print-runs reaching 50,000 copies. Fitzgerald dedicated the book to the Irish writer Shane Leslie.


A 1922 film adaptation, directed by William A. Seiter, starred Kenneth Harlan as Anthony Patch and Marie Prevost as Gloria.


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Very flowery writing style which is hit-or-miss. - LibraryThing
The book was slow and lacked an intriging plot line. - LibraryThing
The ending has little surprise. - LibraryThing

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I despised these morally impoverished young adults living lives of dissolution, believing themselves entitled to endless pleasure devoid of responsibilities simply because they were good looking and ... Read full review

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About the author (1972)

 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 ? December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night, and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.

Both The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night were made into films, and in 1958 his life from 1937?1940 was dramatized in Beloved Infidel.

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