The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned

Book - 1950
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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."
Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's sons, 1950
ISBN: 9780684151533
0684151537
Branch Call Number: FIC/FIT

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Warru37
Apr 11, 2016

Aug. '16 Book Club

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Musiclover19
Aug 08, 2014

It is a remarkable novel about human desires and weaknesses, and what leads to the eventual downfall. I love the ending,as it is both expected and unexpected.

Lauraparr Jan 20, 2014

A beautiful classic. The rise and fall of Anthony and Gloria will have you hooked until the final page.

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spammyanna
Aug 06, 2012

An absolutely beautiful read. I loved it from beginning to end. I enjoyed it more than Gatsby.

n2eye Jan 04, 2012

One of the best books I have ever read. Should be required reading for every young adult as a great life lesson.

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Emily38
Dec 02, 2009

I love this book. It's definitely my favourite one of F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you like books about the jazz age, this is a must-read.It takes a while to get into the book but by the end you become really attached to the two main characters. And it paints a rather ironic picture of the tragedy that can occur from overindulgence.

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