Modern Classics Beautiful And The Damned by F Scott FitzgeraldModern Classics Beautiful And The Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald

Modern Classics Beautiful And The Damned

byF Scott FitzgeraldForeword byGeoff Dyer

Paperback | November 2, 2004

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Exploring the decadence of Jazz Age New York through a fictionalised version of his own marriage to Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned includes an introduction by Geoff Dyer in Penguin Modern Classics. Anthony Patch and his wife Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth. But as money becomes tight, their marriage becomes impossible. And with their inheritance still distant, Anthony and Gloria must face reality; they may be beautiful - but they are also damned. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) has acquired a mythical status in American literary history, and his masterwork The Great Gatsby is considered by many to be the 'great American novel'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre, dubbed 'the first American Flapper', and their traumatic marriage and Zelda's gradual descent into insanity became the leading influence on his writing. As well as many short stories, Fitzgerald wrote five novels This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and, incomplete at the time of his death, The Last Tycoon. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'in fact and in the literary sense he created a "generation" '. If you enjoyed The Beautiful and the Damned, you might like John Dos Passos' Manhattan Transfer, also available in Penguin Classics. 'A prose that has the tough delicacy of a garnet' New York Review of Books
Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and numerous nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on...
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Title:Modern Classics Beautiful And The DamnedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.94 inPublished:November 2, 2004Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141187816

ISBN - 13:9780141187815

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful Never going to read that book again!
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing read Once again Fitzgerald brings life into his books and brings his books to life, both tragic and beautiful this story has the haunted illusion to his life much as many of his other books do.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good read Fitzgerald tells this dreary, sordid tale in the manner that only a master such as himself can do. It is harrowing and beautiful.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flawed Society A beautifully written book telling the story of a troubled marriage fueled by alcohol and greed and set against the extravagance of the wealthy in the 1920's. The Scribner paperback edition that I read had the ending that was published with the book but also provided two alternate endings that were written. One was the manuscript ending. the other was the ending in the Metropolitan serial.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Prose FSF writes the most gorgeous prose this side of paradise. The writing in this novel is so wonderful that I'd give it five stars without even thinking of the story. This is gently comic satire of married life and is based on FSF marriage. The end is tragic, in classic FSF style.
Date published: 2016-11-15