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The Beautiful and Damned (Oxford World's Classics)

The Beautiful and Damned (Oxford World's Classics)


Book Overview: The Beautiful and Damned (Oxford World's Classics)

'The victor belongs to the spoils.'

F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned (1922), is a devastating portrait of a generation of wealthy young Americans who struggle to find meaning and happiness in their lives. The sophisticated but emotionally fragile Anthony Patch enjoys an initially idyllic marriage to the beautiful Gloria Gilbert. But their intense romance turns sour as they waste their time and energy in decadent leisure and luxury. Their happiness comes to depend on gaining a vast inheritance from Anthony's grandfather, but they are stifled by their inner fears and are ill-prepared for the inevitable loss of youth and prosperity. Set amid the vibrant social and commercial world of New York in the early twentieth century, the novel expresses the promise and disillusionment of America at the start of the Jazz Age.

This is the novel that confirmed Fitzgerald's status as the most celebrated young American writer of the Twenties. The author's exuberant and enchanting style is on full display, three years before the critical triumph of The Great Gatsby.

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PublisherOxford University Press
Publication Date2022
Weight lbs
F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald was a renowned American author born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is best known for his novel "The Great Gatsby," a critique of the American Dream, written during the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald began his writing career at Princeton University and later joined the army during World War I. Despite his notable works, he struggled with alcoholism, which hindered his career progression and affected his health. His writing primarily explored themes of wealth, ambition, and social class, reflecting America's cultural state during the 1920s. Fitzgerald passed away on December 21, 1940, but remains an iconic figure in the history of American literature.
William Blazek is an esteemed author and academic specializing in English and American literature. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Blazek holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to his distinguished career as an educator, Blazek has also made significant contributions to the field of literature through his research and various publications. Among his works are critically acclaimed essays and books focusing on 20th-century English and American literature. His scholarship continues to inform conversations about modern literature, underscoring his essential role in the literary community. He is known for his dedication to insightful analysis, innovative approaches, and pedagogical excellence in literature.


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