The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned


Introduction by: Kermit Vanderbilt

Format
Ebook
Price
$11.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101221532
  • 400 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

Introduction by Hortense Calisher
Commentary by Edmund Wilson, Henry Seidel Canby, and Arthur Mizener
 
Fitzgerald’s second novel, a devastating portrait of the excesses of the Jazz Age, is a largely autobiographical depiction of a glamorous, reckless Manhattan couple and their spectacular spiral into tragedy. Published on the heels of This Side of Paradise, the story of the Harvard-educated aesthete Anthony Patch and his willful wife, Gloria, is propelled by Fitzgerald’s intense romantic imagination and demonstrates an increased technical and emotional maturity. The Beautiful and Damned is at once a gripping morality tale, a rueful meditation on love, marriage, and money, and an acute social document. As Hortense Calisher observes in her Introduction, “Though Fitzgerald can entrance with stories so joyfully youthful they appear to be safe—when he cuts himself, you will bleed.”

Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide 

Praise

“Full of precisely observed life.” —Arthur Mizener
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