Thursday, 7 February 2013

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Definitive Edition of This Side of Paradise
- Carefully selected period photos illustrating the text
- Complete and unabridged edition

‘Fitzgerald is one of the greatest modern writers’ Malcolm Bradbury, The Guardian

‘The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale’ New York Times

‘A memorable and deeply moving piece of work’ Richard Church

‘His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings’ Ernest Hemingway

THIS SIDE OF PARADISE is F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel and was a massive success on its release, its first print run sold out in three days.

It resonated with the bright and brittle young things of the Jazz Age and launched Fitzgerald on his legendary career. It is a classic coming of age tale written with the passion and verve of a young man desperate for wealth and fame so that he can marry the woman he loves.

This is the definitive, complete, original version in a stylishly presented edition with ten carefully selected pictures of the period. The images put the text in context as well as illustrate the story. It also includes a linked table of contents so you can quickly go to the part you want.


Amory Blaine’s adolescence and youth are described, as he evolves into a ‘personage’. His mother is a rich and eccentric woman who raises him in an unorthodox manner. The handsome young man attends St Regis prep school, followed by a period at Princeton University. He pursues literature and love with idle brilliance. After a spell in the army, he works in advertising and falls in love with a New York debutante called Rosalind.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald named an age- the Jazz Age, which he defined as ’a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.’

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and studied at Princeton which he left in his senior year (1917) to join the army. At one of his army postings near Montgomery, Massachusetts he met Zelda Sayre. His first novel was ‘This Side of Paradise.’ published in 1920, which made the twenty-four-year-old Fitzgerald famous almost overnight, and a week later he married Zelda in New York. Their tumultuous marriage became an inspiration for much of his work. They were young celebrities of the roaring 20s but Fitzgerald wanted to be a great writer though his reputation as a playboy meant some people didn’t take him seriously.

In 1922 Scribners published ‘The Beautiful and Damned’, of which The New York Times reviewer said that the ‘general atmosphere of the book is an atmosphere of futility, waste and the avoidance of effort, into which the fumes of whisky penetrate more and more, until at last it fairly reeks with them.’

The Fitzgeralds went to France in the spring of 1924 to get away from all the hubbub, and he wrote his masterpiece ‘The Great Gatsby’ during the summer and autumn in Valescure near St. Raphael, France.

His fourth novel ‘Tender is the Night’ received a poor critical reaction when it came out in 1934. Fitzgerald was eventually forced to try to earn a living as a screenwriter.

He died in December 1940 in Hollywood while working on ‘The Last Tycoon.’ Since then he has been granted his wish to be considered one of the leading writers of the twentieth century.

His novels in chronological order are: ‘This Side of Paradise’, ‘The Beautiful and Damned’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Tender is the Night’, ‘The Last Tycoon’ (unfinished).

Other books by F. Scott Fitzgerald available in the Classic Books Editions featuring period photographs


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