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This Side of Paradiseby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Synopses & Reviews
ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP
Published when he was twenty-three years old, F. Scott Fitzgeralds debut novel, This Side of Paradise, established him as the golden boy of the dawning Jazz Age. As a chronicle of youth, no other literary work remains as revealing—or as bitingly relevant.
THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:
• A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information
• A chronology of the authors life and work
• A timeline of significant events that provides the books historical context
• An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the readers own interpretations
• Detailed explanatory notes
• Critical analysis and modern perspectives on the work
• Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
• A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the readers experience
Simon & Schuster Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the worlds finest books to their full potential.
"Bears the impress of genius...splendid and fascinating." Chicago Tribune
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic and witty first novel, was written when the author was only twenty-three years old. This semiautobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. Now, readers can enjoy the newly edited, authorized version of this early classic of the Jazz Age, based on Fitzgerald's original manuscript. In this definitive text, This Side of Paradise captures the rhythms and romance of Fitzgerald's youth and offers a poignant portrait of the "Lost Generation."
This edition of This Side of Paradise presents at last an accurate text based on Fitzgerald's original manuscript.
The story of Amory Blaine's moral education and sexual awakening as he journeys from prep school to Princeton to adulthood, it brilliantly captures the rhythms of postwar America and the spirit of a generation dedicated to the pursuit of excitement, sophistication, and success.
Originally published in 1920, This Side of Paradise made Fitzgerald famous for the stylish exuberance of his writing — and infamous for the spelling, grammar, and chronology errors that peppered his text. Meticulously restored with explanatory notes on topical and historical references and a detailed account of the novel's creative and textual history, this volume will be welcomed by long-time fans, as well as those discovering Fitzgerald's magical prose for the very first time.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 262).
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.
Table of Contents
BOOK ONE: THE ROMANTIC EGOTIST
I. Amory, Son of Beatrice
II. Spires and Gargoyles
III. The Egotist Considers
IV. Narcissus Off Duty
[Interlude: May 1917-February 1919.]
BOOK TWO: THE EDUCATION OF A PERSONAGE
I. The Debutante
II. Experiments in Convalescence
III. Young Irony
IV. The Supercilious Sacrifice
V. The Egotist Becomes a Personage
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE
A Note on the Text
A Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
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