F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American author who is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald's works helped define the Jazz Age in the 1920's as Americans would come to know it. Fitzgerald only completed four novels but they are considered classics, especially The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night. The Beautiful and Damned, published in 1922, is Fitzgerald's second novel. The book is set in the early 20th century and centers around Anthony Patch, the heir to a large fortune, and the relationship with his wife Gloria Gilbert.
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This edition includes a detailed account of the composition of the novel, a textual apparatus, a chronology of composition, and, uniquely, three versions of the ending. Explanatory notes situate The Beautiful and Damned in its times and deepen the reader's understanding of Fitzgerald's sources for the novel.From the Inside Flap:
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."
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