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The Beautiful and Damned

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The Beautiful and Damned

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Set in the heady Jazz Age of New York, The Beautiful and Damned chronicles the relationship between Anthony Patch, a Harvard-educated aspiring aesthete, and his beautiful trophy wife, Gloria, as they wait to inherit his grandfather's fortune. Anticipating easy millions, they embrace the glittering, hedonistic lifestyle of the pretentious nouveaux riches, but find that they are living a dream that is all too fleeting.

A devastating satire of reckless ambition and squandered talent, Fitzgerald's novel is also a shattering portrait of a marriage wasted by alcohol and wealth. It depicts an America embarked on the greatest spree in its history, a world Fitzgerald embraced even as he attacked its false social values and shallow literary tastes. Lyrical, romantic, yet cruelly incisive, it signaled a new stage in Fitzgerald's career.

Set in the heady Jazz Age of New York, The Beautiful and Damned chronicles the relationship between Anthony Patch, a Harvard-educated aspiring aesthete, and his beautiful trophy wife, Gloria, as they wait to inherit his grandfather's fortune. Anticipating easy millions, they embrace the glittering, hedonistic lifestyle of the pretentious nouveaux riches, but find that they are living a dream that is all too fleeting.

A devastating satire of reckless ambition and squandered talent, Fitzgerald's novel is also a shattering portrait of a marriage wasted by alcohol and wealth. It depicts an America embarked on the greatest spree in its history, a world Fitzgerald embraced even as he attacked its false social values and shallow literary tastes. Lyrical, romantic, yet cruelly incisive, it signaled a new stage in Fitzgerald's career.

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  • Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He enrolled in Princeton in 1913 and in his few years there became a leader in theatrical and literary activities. He entered the army and there began writing his first novel, This Side of Paradise, which when published in 1920 captured a new generation in print and immediately established him as the bright light of his era, the spokesman for the Jazz Age. The short stories he wrote for magazines were in great demand as he became a chronicler of the manners and moods of the time. In1923 he married a glamorous girl named Zelda Sayre. As a couple they became notorious for their extravagant lifestyle. His major novels include The Beautiful and Damned (1922), The Great Gatsby (1925), Tender Is the Night, (1934), and an unfinished novel of Hollywood, The Last Tycoon (1941).
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  • Booklist "Dufris' reading reflects the sophistry of aristocracy that Fitzgerald both hated and desired."
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