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This bitingly ironic story eerily foretells the fate of the author and his own wife, Zelda—from its giddy romantic beginnings to its alcohol-fueled demise. 

Set in an era of intoxicating excitement and ruinous excess, changing manners and challenged morals, F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel chronicles the lives of Harvard-educated Anthony Patch and his beautiful, willful wife, Gloria. This bitingly ironic story eerily foretells the fate of the author and his own wife, Zelda—from its giddy romantic beginnings to its alcohol-fueled demise. A portrait of greed, ambition, and squandered talent,The Beautiful and Damned depicts an America embarked on the greatest spree in its history, a world Fitzgerald saw 'with clearer eyes than any of his contemporaries.'* By turns hilarious, heartbreaking, and chillingly prophetic, it remains one of his best-known works, which Gertrude Stein correctly predicted 'will be read when many of his well-known contemporaries are forgotten.'

*Tobias Wolff

'Full of precisely observed life.' Arthur Mizener

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    9780451530431

    January 4, 2016

    Signet

    400 pages

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  • Hardback

    9780141194073

    November 7, 2011

    Penguin Classics

    384 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099541493

    March 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    400 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141187815

    October 25, 2004

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    384 pages

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  • EBook

    9781446418659

    March 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    400 pages

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