F Scott Fitzgerald Penguin Classic BookPenguin Classic
These sumptuous new hardback editions mark the 70th anniversary of Fitzgerald’s death.
The Beautiful and Damned: Anthony and Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth. But as money becomes tight, their marriage becomes impossible. And with their inheritance still distant, Anthony and Gloria must grow up and face reality; they may be beautiful but they are also damned.
Tales of the Jazz Age: ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ sees a baby born in 1860 begin life as an old man and then age backwards. F. Scott Fitzgerald hinted at this kind of inversion when he called his era ‘a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken’. Perhaps nowhere in American fiction has this ‘Lost Generation’ been more vividly preserved than in Fitzgerald’s short fiction. Spanning the early twentieth-century American landscape, this collection captures, with Fitzgerald’s signature blend of enchantment and disillusionment, America during the Jazz Age.
This Side of Paradise: Increasingly disillusioned by the rejection slips that studded the walls of his room and his on/off engagement to Zelda Sayre, Fitzgerald began his third revision of the novel that was to become This Side of Paradise. The story of a young man’s painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald’s own career, it is also a portrait of the lost generation that followed straight on from the First World War, ‘grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken’ and wanting money and success more than anything else.