This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise

By F. Scott Fitzgerald; Matthew J. Bruccoli (Introduction by)

Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451530349, 270pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2006

Description
THE ACCOMPLISHED AND HEARTBREAKING FIRST NOVEL THAT CATAPULTED F. SCOTT FITZGERALD TO LITERARY FAME AT THE AGE OF TWENTY-THREE
Considered scandalous (and brilliant) when it was published in 1920, "This Side of Paradise" describes the intellectual, spiritual, and sexual education of young Amory Blaine in the tumultuous America of theearlytwentieth century. Highly sophisticated yet hopelessly romantic, Amory flounders from prep school to Princeton to glittering Jazz Age New York, confident that he is destined for greatness but unsure how to go about it. Fitzgerald's razor-sharp re-creation of a defiant, disillusioned generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken makes "This Side of Paradise "a timeless autobiographical novel of youth and alienation. It moves from tenderness to cynicism to hope with the grace and power that make Fitzgerald one of the greatest of American writers.
NOW INCLUDING THE AUTHOR S CORRECTED TEXT
With an Introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli.


About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald is known as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1900, Zelda Fitzgerald was an American writer and the wife F. Scott Fitzgerald. A novelist, poet, and dancer, she was an icon of the 1920s.