The Beautiful and Damned

By F. Scott Fitzgerald; Hortense Calisher (Introduction by)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375759642, 416pp.)

Publication Date: February 12, 2002

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Description

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 




About the Author

Hortense Calisher (19112009) was the author of more than twenty books, including the National Book Award nominees False Entry, Herself, and The Collected Stories of Hortense Calisher.




Praise For The Beautiful and Damned

“Full of precisely observed life.” —Arthur Mizener

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