F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tender Is the Night is a novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.
It was his fourth and final completed novel, and was first published in
Scribner's Magazine between January-April, 1934 in four issues. The
title is taken from the poem "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.
Dick and Nicole Diver are a glamorous couple who take a villa in the
South of France and surround themselves with a circle of friends, mainly
Americans. Also staying at the resort are Rosemary Hoyt, a young
actress, and her mother. Rosemary gets sucked into the circle of the
Divers; she falls in love with Dick and is also adopted as a close
friend by Nicole. Dick first toys with the idea of an affair with
Rosemary at this point, which he finally acts upon years later.
However, Rosemary senses something is wrong with the couple, which is
brought to light when one of the guests at a party reports having seen
something strange in the bathroom. Tommy Barban, another guest, comes
loyally to the defense of the Divers. The action involves various other
friends, including the Norths, where a frequent occurrence is the
drunken behavior of Abe North. The story becomes complicated when Jules
Peterson, a black man, is murdered and ends up in Rosemary's bed, in a
situation which could destroy Rosemary's career. Dick moves the
blood-soaked body to cover up any implied relationship between Rosemary
Once into the book, the history of the Divers
emerges. Dick Diver was a doctor and psychoanalyst and had taken on a
complicated case of neuroses. This was Nicole, whose complicated,
incestuous relationship with her father is suggested as the cause of
breakdown. As she becomes infatuated with Dick, Dick is almost driven to
marry her as part of the cure. Strong objections are raised: Nicole is
an heiress and her sister thinks Dick is marrying her for her money.
They do marry, and Nicole’s money pays for Dick's partnership in a Swiss
clinic and for their extravagant lifestyle. However, Dick gradually
develops a drinking problem. He gets into fights and trouble with the
police in various incidents and is bought out of the clinic by his
partner. The opening episode almost marks the crossover point whereby
Dick becomes the weaker partner, progressively failing in what he
attempts while Nicole becomes stronger. Dick's behaviour becomes
embarrassing as he mishandles situations with the children and friends.
Eventually Nicole has an affair with Tommy Barban, and divorces Dick to
marry Barban. Nicole survives, while Dick drifts into ever diminishing
circumstances. The underlying theme is then how one person has become
strong by destroying another—a point emphasized cynically by Nicole's
sister, who having seen Dick originally as the parasite, finally remarks
that "That was what he was educated for."
The Beautiful and Damned, first published by Scribner's in 1922, is F.
Scott Fitzgerald's second novel. The novel provides a portrait of the
Eastern elite during the Jazz Age, exploring New York Cafe Society. As
with his other novels, Fitzgerald's characters are complex, especially
in their marriage and intimacy, much like how he treats intimacy in
Tender Is the Night. The book is believed to be largely based on
Fitzgerald's relationship and marriage with Zelda Fitzgerald.
tells the story of Anthony Patch (a 1920s socialite and presumptive
heir to a tycoon's fortune), his relationship with his wife Gloria, his
service in the army, and alcoholism. Toward the end of the novel,
Fitzgerald references himself via a character who is a novelist by
quoting this statement given after the novel:
"You know these
new novels make me tired. My God! Everywhere I go some silly girl asks
me if I've read 'This Side of Paradise.' Are our girls really like that?
If it's true to life, which I don't believe, the next generation is
going to the dogs. I'm sick of all this shoddy realism."
novel concerns itself with the question of vocation—what does one do
with oneself when one has nothing to do? writes Fitzgerald critic West.
He says that Fitzgerald was concerned with the question of vocation for
men as well as for women. In the novel, Fitzgerald presents Gloria as
woman whose vocation is nothing more than to catch a husband. After her
marriage to Anthony, Gloria's sole vocation is to slide into indolence
and alcoholism; her husband's sole vocation is to wait for his
About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)
was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the
paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is
widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th
century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of
the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful
and Damned, Tender Is the Night, and his most famous, The Great Gatsby.
A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published
posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes
of youth and promise along with despair and age.
This Side of Paradise is the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published in 1920, and taking its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature. The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking.
This Side of Paradise blends different styles of writing: at times a fictional narrative, at times free verse, sometimes narrative drama, interspersed with letters and poems from Amory. In fact the novel's odd blend of styles was the result of Fitzgerald cobbling his earlier attempt at a novel The Romantic Egotist together with assorted short stories and poems that he composed, but never published.
The book's critical success was driven in part by the enthusiasm of reviewers. Burton Rascoe of the Chicago Tribune wrote that "it bears the impress, it seems to me, of genius. It is the only adequate study that we have had of the contemporary American in adolescence and young manhood." H. L. Mencken wrote that This Side of Paradise was the "best American novel that I have seen of late."
One reader who was not entirely pleased, however, was John Grier Hibben, the President of Princeton University: "I cannot bear to think that our young men are merely living four years in a country club and spending their lives wholly in a spirit of calculation and snobbishness."
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, his most famous, The Great Gatsby and what is now considered his true masterpiece, Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.
This carefully crafted ebook is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents and the following works: This Side of Paradise (1920), The Beautiful and the Damned (1922), The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage (1909), Reade, Substitute Right Half (1910), A Debt of Honor (1910), The Room with the Green Blinds (1911), A Luckless Santa Claus (1912), Pain and the Scientist (1913), The Trail of the Duke (1913), Shadow Laurels (1915), The Ordeal (1915), Little Minnie McCloskey: A story for girls (1916), The old frontiersman: A story of the frontier (1916), The diary of a sophomore (1917), The prince of pests: A story of the war (1917), Cedric the stoker (1917), The Spire and the Gargoyle (1917), Tarquin of Cheapside (1917), Babes in the Woods (1917), Sentiment—And the Use of Rouge (1917), The Pierian Springs and the Last Straw (1917), Porcelain and Pink (1920), Head and Shoulders (1920), Benediction (1920), Dalyrimple Goes Wrong (1920), Myra Meets His Family (1920), Mister Icky (1920), The Camel’s Back (1920), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1920), The Ice Palace (1920), The Offshore Pirate (1920), The Cut-Glass Bowl (1920), The Four Fists (1920), The Smilers (1920), May Day (1920), The Jelly-Bean (1920), The Lees of Happiness (1920), Jemina (1921): A Wild Thing, A Mountain Feud, The Birth of Love, A Mountain Battle, “As one.”, O Russet Witch! (1921), Tarquin of Cheapside (1921), The Popular Girl (1922), Two for a Cent (1922), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (1922), The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (1922), Winter Dreams (1922).
This unique edition of The Great Gatsby from Dead Dodo Vintage includes the full original text as well as exclusive features not available in other editions.
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
Fitzgerald, inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island's north shore, began planning the novel in 1923 desiring to produce, in his words, "something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." Progress was slow with Fitzgerald completing his first draft following a move to the French Riviera in 1924. His editor, Maxwell Perkins, felt the book was too vague and convinced the author to revise over the next winter. Fitzgerald was ambivalent about the book's title, at various times wishing to re-title the novel Trimalchio in West Egg.
First published by Scribner's in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book only sold 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. His work, spearheaded by The Great Gatsby, experienced a revival during World War II, and the novel became a part of American high school curricula in the following decades. The book has remained popular since, leading to numerous stage and film adaptations. The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title "Great American Novel". The book is consistently ranked among the greatest works of American literature.
First published in 1922, it tells the story of a baby who is born with the physical appearance of a 70-year-old man, and then rejuvenates through aging.
The novella has been adapted for the screen in 2008. The movie, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, was directed by David Fincher.
The Greatest Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Bernice Bobs Her Hair + The Diamond as Big as the Ritz + The Curious Case of Benjamin Button + The Popular Girl + Winter Dreams
Foreword by Roxana Robinson
Benediction • Head and Shoulders • Bernice Bobs Her Hair • The Ice Palace • The Offshore Pirate • May Day • The Jelly Bean • The Diamond as Big as the Ritz • Winter Dreams • Absolution
In the euphoric months before and after the publication of This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the flapper’s historian and poet laureate of the Jazz Age, wrote the ten stories that appear in this unique collection. Exploring characters and themes that would appear in his later works, such as The Beautiful and Damned and The Great Gatsby, these early selections are among the very best of Fitzgerald’s many short stories.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes notes, an appendix of nonfiction essays by Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and their contemporaries, and vintage magazine illustrations.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald deliberately set out to write the most ambitious and far-reaching novel of his career, experimenting radically with narrative conventions of chronology and point of view and drawing on early breakthroughs in psychiatry to enrich his account of the makeup and breakdown of character and culture.
Tender Is the Night is also the most intensely, even painfully, autobiographical of Fitzgerald's novels; it smolders with a dark, bitter vitality because it is so utterly true. This account of a caring man who disintegrates under the twin strains of his wife's derangement and a lifestyle that gnaws away at his sense of moral values offers an authorial cri de coeur, while Dick Diver's downward spiral into alcoholic dissolution is an eerie portent of Fitzgerald's own fate.
F. Scott Fitzgerald literally put his soul into Tender Is the Night, and the novel's lack of commercial success upon its initial publication in 1934 shattered him. He would die six years later without having published another novel, and without knowing that Tender Is the Night would come to be seen as perhaps its author's most poignant masterpiece. In Mabel Dodge Luhan's words, it raised him to the heights of "a modern Orpheus."
In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life -- he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse.
This strange and haunting story embodies the sharp social insight that has made Fitzgerald one of the great voices in the history of American literature.
In this new collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's letters, edited by leading Fitzgerald scholar and biographer Matthew J. Bruccoli, we see through his own words the artistic and emotional maturation of one of America's most enduring and elegant authors. A Life in Letters is the most comprehensive volume of Fitzgerald's letters -- many of them appearing in print for the first time. The fullness of the selection and the chronological arrangement make this collection the closest thing to an autobiography that Fitzgerald ever wrote.
While many readers are familiar with Fitzgerald's legendary "jazz age" social life and his friendships with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, and other famous authors, few are aware of his writings about his life and his views on writing. Letters to his editor Maxwell Perkins illustrate the development of Fitzgerald's literary sensibility; those to his friend and competitor Ernest Hemingway reveal their difficult relationship. The most poignant letters here were written to his wife, Zelda, from the time of their courtship in Montgomery, Alabama, during World War I to her extended convalescence in a sanatorium near Asheville, North Carolina. Fitzgerald is by turns affectionate and proud in his letters to his daughter, Scottie, at college in the East while he was struggling in Hollywood.
For readers who think primarily of Fitzgerald as a hard-drinking playboy for whom writing was effortless, these letters show his serious, painstaking concerns with creating realistic, durable art.
Volume two contains works from 1928 to 1940, the year Fitzgerald died, as well as posthumously published works. Each volume also includes photos, critical excerpts, and essays from noted Fitzgerald scholars. This is a treasure for any Fitzgerald fan.