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978-0-679-44723-8 / 9780679447238

This Side of Paradise (Everyman's Library (Cloth))

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Publisher:Everyman's Library

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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F. Scott Fitzgeralds extraordinary career as a novelist ended abruptly and unhappily, but it began with one of the most brilliant first novels in the history of American literature. Published when its author was just twenty-three, This Side of Paradise is about the education of a youth, and to this universal story Fitzgerald brought the promise of everything that was new in the vigorous, restless America during the years following World War I. Amory Blaineegoistic, versatile, callow, and imaginativeinhabits a book that is interwoven with songs, poems, playscripts, and questions and answers. His growth from self-absorption to sexual awareness and personhood is described by means of a continuous improvisatory energy and delight. Far from being distracting, Fitzgeralds formal inventiveness and verve only heighten our sense that the world being described is our own modern world. A profound coherence informs This Side of Paradisea coherence born of its authors uncanny ability to revel in the fragmented surfaces of human life while exploring and comprehending its serene depths.

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