- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 206mm x 15mm | 181g
- Publication date: 26 August 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486289990
- ISBN 13: 9780486289991
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 3,935
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic and witty first novel, was written when the author was only twenty-three years old. This semiautobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. Now readers can enjoy the newly edited, authorized version of this early classic of the Jazz Age, based on Fitzgerald's original manuscript. In this definitive text, This Side of Paradise captures the rhythms and romance of Fitzgerald's youth and offers a poignant portrait of the "Lost Generation."
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The book that established Fitzgerald's reputation as the chronicler of a doomed generation of young Americans between the wars. Amory Blaine resolves to rebel against his staid, mid-western upbringing and to gain a a patina of east coast sophistication: in his quest for sexual and intellectual enlightenment he embarks on a series of relationships through which he learns that money cannot buy love, before he finds himself cast adrift in the real world. (Kirkus UK)
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Fitzgerald's first novel, "This Side of Paradise" (1920) was an immediate, spectacular success and established his literary reputation. Perhaps the definitive novel of that "Lost Generation," it tells the story of Amory Blaine, a handsome, wealthy Princeton student who halfheartedly involves himself in literary cults, "liberal" student activities, and a series of empty flirtations with young women. When he finally does fall truly in love, however, the young woman rejects him for another. After serving in France during the war, Blaine returns to embark on a career in advertising. Still young, but already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the young men and women of the '20s, described by Fitzgerald as "a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken."