This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Download This Side of Paradise ebook. This Side of Paradise is the debut novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was published in 1920. Taking its title from a line of Rupert Brooke’s poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post–World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature. The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status seeking. The novel famously helped F. Scott Fitzgerald gain Zelda Sayre’s hand in marriage due to its success.
In the summer of 1919, after less than a year of courtship, Zelda Sayre broke up with the 22-year-old Fitzgerald. After a summer of heavy drinking, he returned to St. Paul, Minnesota, where his family lived, to complete the novel, hoping that if he became a successful novelist he could win Zelda back. While at Princeton (notably in University Cottage Club’s library), Fitzgerald had written an unpublished novel, “The Romantic Egotist”, and ultimately 81 pages of the typescript of this earlier work ended up in This Side of Paradise.
On September 4, 1919, Fitzgerald gave the manuscript to his friend Shane Leslie to deliver to Maxwell Perkins, an editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. The book was nearly rejected by the editors at Scribners, but Perkins insisted, and on September 16 it was officially accepted. Fitzgerald begged for early publication—convinced that he would become a celebrity and impress Zelda—but was told that the novel would have to wait until the spring. Nevertheless, upon the acceptance of his novel for publication he went and visited Zelda, and she agreed to marry him.
The first half of the novel was very entertaining in a love/ hate association for Amrory as he 8s emergi bff into prewar puberty and so full of himself. not that Beatrice wasn’t a stuck up bitch! however in the postwar half of the novel (1918/1919) I’m at a complete loss as to understand what Fitzgerald was trying to tell us through Amory. up until chapter 5 sounds like an apology for the red scare and the Bolshevik influences hitting postwar America pre-prohibition.
I think Fitzgerald ‘s novel and its in coherent nature in the second half of the novel reflects upon the effects of his alcoholism and apparent substance abuse , perhaps cocaine and or opium.
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American writer, whose works illustrate the Jazz Age. While he achieved limited success in his lifetime, he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also authored four collections of short stories, as well as 164 short stories in magazines during his lifetime.
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