The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Beautiful and Damned

byF. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Beautiful and Damned, first published by Scribner's in 1922, is F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel. It portrays the Eastern elite during the Jazz Age, exploring New York Café Society. As in Fitzgerald's other novels, the characters are complex, especially with respect to marriage and intimacy. The book is believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald's relationship with Zelda Fitzgerald.

 

[Plot summary]


The Beautiful and Damned tells the story of Anthony Patch, a 1920s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon's fortune, his relationship with his wife, Gloria, his service in the army, and his alcoholism.
Toward the end of the novel, Fitzgerald references himself:
"You know these new novels make me tired. My God! Everywhere I go some silly girl asks me if I've read 'This Side of Paradise.' Are our girls really like that? If it's true to life, which I don't believe, the next generation is going to the dogs. I'm sick of all this shoddy realism."

 

[Publication history]

 


Fitzgerald wrote The Beautiful and Damned quickly, following editorial suggestions from his friend Edmund Wilson and his editor Max Perkins. The book was serialized in Metropolitan Magazine in 1921 and in March 1922 the book was published. Based on the credible sales of his first book, This Side of Paradise, Scribners prepared an initial print-run of 20,000 copies and mounted an advertising campaign for the book. The book sold well enough to warrant additional print-runs reaching 50,000 copies. Fitzgerald dedicated the book to the Irish writer Shane Leslie.

[Adaptations]


A 1922 film adaptation, directed by William A. Seiter, starred Kenneth Harlan as Anthony Patch and Marie Prevost as Gloria.

Title:The Beautiful and DamnedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 6, 2013Publisher:Starbooks Classics PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990005637527

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