This Side of Paradise

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Author

Patrick O'Donnell - Introduction by

Patrick O'Donnell - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140189766 | 304 pages | 01 Mar 1996 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The story of Amory Blaine's adolescence and undergraduate days at Princeton, This Side of Paradise captures the essence of an American generation struggling to define itself in the aftermath of World War I and the destruction of 'the old order'. Amory, intent in rebelling against his staid, Midwestern upbringing, longs to acquire the patina of Eastern sophistication. In his quest for sexual and intellectual enlightenment, he progresses with abandon through a series of relationships with mentors, room-mates, old flames and new lovers. At the end of his undergraduate years, suffering 'self-reproach and loneliness and disillusion,' Amory is cast out of paradise into the frightening labyrinth of the real world. More than a story of a young man's initiation into life, this is a seminal portrait of the 'lost generation' closely identified with Fitzgerald's work (and life) and embodies Fitzgerald's sense of himself as a writer.

This Side of Paradise Acknowledgments
Introduction by Patrick O'Donnell
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
This Side of Paradise

Book One: The Romantic Egotist
I. Amory, Son of Beatrice
II. Spires and Gargoyles
III. The Egotist Considers
IV. Narcissus Off Duty

[Interlude: May, 1917 - February, 1919.]

Book Two: The Education of a Personage
I. The Débutante
II. Experiments in Convalescence
III. Young Irony
IV. The Supercilious Sacrifice
V. The Egotist Becomes a Personage

Explanatory Notes
'#Fitzgerald’s# gifts have an unmistakable amplitude and much in his book is brave and beautiful.' - The Nation

'Bears the impress of genius . . . a sardonic yet splendid and fascinating book' - Chicago Tribune