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Fitzgerald: The Beautiful and Damned (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald) Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 8, 2008
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A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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This is the story of a young couple Anthony and Gloria Patch living out their days to the hilt in New York City as they await the death of Anthony's grandfather, Adam Patch from whom they expect to inherit his massive fortune.
Gloria is a spoilt child from Kansas City turned into a sophisticated and most beautiful woman. Gloria does not intend to lift a finger to do any domestic work in the home, no matter how slight; while Anthony who considers himself an aesthete, finds it quite hard to get his act together and instead of buckling down to some work, prefers instead to hang with his wife and their friends on nightly binges. They drink and eat in the classiest restaurants and hotels, rent the most expensive apartments, travel out to the West in the spring time driving plush cars, wearing top-of-the-line clothing and just generally living it up high on the hog, as they wait.
Meet Maury Noble who is Anthony best friend who spends his time between New York and Philadelphia; Richard Caramel who has just completed writing a book and looking for new ideas for a second one. Joseph Bloeckman from Munich who started out small in America and is now a big shot in Show Biz. Also the quiet Jewess Rachael Barnes and Muriel Kane who is young, flirtatious and sometimes a bit too talkative and Tana the Japanese housekeeper of the Patches.Read more ›
Released in 1922, 2 years subsequent to the seminal This Side of Paradise and 3 years prior to the magnum opus The Great Gatsby, incomprehensibly, The Beautiful and Damned was not well received critically nor financially. As a result, history has erroneously filed it under the dubious sophomore jinx category. Strange it may seem, I vehemently disagree. As you read this book, you witness first-hand the maturation of an amazing writer. No American writer of the 20th Century can compare to the profound power and unwavering genius that is F.Scott Fitzgerald. If you enjoyed The Great Gatsby, you will no doubt enjoy this work - an equally beautifully writen and tragic tale of aspiring morally depraved young Americans in pursuit of The American Dream.
"Remarkable that a person can comprehend so little and yet live in such a complex civilization."
I don't know how Fitzgerald knew what he knew about the human psyche, or specifically about how a young man might react when he is good-looking and swimming in money and New York, but Fitz's life at Princeton University among this set of people gave him the environment in which to observe; Fitzgerald supplied the story around which the narrative coheres. Of course, there are autobiographical elements to this novel--a lot of himself and Zelda--but what the literary art requires is critical distance. To put his main characters through some shameful scenes, Fitzgerald had to know what tough love is in the New York City context. He had to put his couple to the test, people who from birth had relied on the "religion" of charm and money. And the author had more than just critical distance: F. Scott had them down right! Every expression, every word. Gloria: "This is life! Who cares for the morrow.Read more ›
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One of Fitzgerald's best. Intricately woven and dark, like most of his work, and never ceases to be interesting and thought-provoking.Published 6 days ago by Maya
I DID NOT ORDER THIS BOOK, NOR DID I RECEIVE IT, UNLESS SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY ORDERED IT.Published 15 days ago by ML
The Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Beautiful and Damned (Barnes & Noble Classics) is a great edition to buy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank Hering
Came in good condition except I wasn't really impressed with the book cover. It was in this glossy material and the picture as shown above was in a really bad quality! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Language was never in better hands than in those of the crazy drunk Francis Scott Fitzgerald. And this work buzzes with phrases that sparkle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim O'Connell
This is the first book by Robert Drake that I've read. I'm not finished yet, but wanted to go ahead and post a review. I LOVE IT. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WillowLanders
Have your Funk and Wagnalls handy because you'll need it - unless you're reading on a Kindle with ability to use their e-dictionary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Bartles