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Published in 1934, Tender Is the Night was one of the most
talked-about books of the year. "It''s amazing how
excellent much of it is," Ernest Hemingway said to Maxwell
Perkins. "I will say now," John O''Hara wrote Fitzgerald,
"Tender Is the Night is in the early stages of being my
favorite book, even more than This Side of Paradise." And
Archibald MacLeish exclaimed: "Great God, Scott...You are a fine
writer. Believe it -- not me."
Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the
Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt
and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant
young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both
husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a
lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights
Dick''s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept
of character -- lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative --
Tender Is the Night, Mabel Dodge Luhan remarked, raised F.
Scott Fitzgerald to the heights of "a modern Orpheus."