The publication of The Beautiful and Damned confirmed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s place in the pantheon of great American writers. The story chronicles the courtship, fraught marriage, and social demise of Anthony Patch, the presumptive heir to a tycoon’s fortune, and Gloria Gilbert, a ravishing society girl. Brilliant and scathing, it is a dazzling tale of lost youth and dissipation that spares no one-least of all the protagonists who resemble, in substance if not circumstance, Fitzgerald himself and his charismatic, capricious, wife, Zelda. This vivid portrait of a corrupt, rootless, and boozy age anticipates Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, and signals his fascination with the themes that would continue to animate his work.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and educated at the Newman School and at Princeton. This Side of Paradise, his first novel, was published in 1920 to instant acclaim. A week after its publication he married Zelda Sayre, and the two became the most famous American couple of the Jazz Age—as known for Fitzgerald’s writing as their legendary debauchery. Until 1931 they divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera. When they were forced by money and health problems to return to the States, Fitzgerald became a writer for Hollywood movie studios. He died in 1940 while working on his unfinished novel of Hollywood, The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald published The Beautiful and Damned, his second novel, in 1922. His other works include Flappers and Philosophers (1920), Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), The Great Gatsby (1925), All the Sad Young Men (1926), Tender Is the Night (1934), and Taps at Reveille (1935).
“Full of precisely observed life.”
This elegant edition includes a detailed biographical timeline of the author’s life and the full text of Zelda Fitzgerald’s spoof review, which appeared in the New York Tribune.
Price: $12.00 (paperback) | $2.99 (ebook)
Pages: 366 pages
Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.9 x 8 inches
Published: November 1, 2019