The Beautiful and Damned

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The Beautiful and Damned  (1922) 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Beautiful and Damned, first published by Scribner's in 1922, is F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel.

It tells the story of Anthony Patch (a 1920s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon's fortune), the relationship with his wife Gloria, his service in the army, and alcoholism. The novel provides an excellent portrait of the Eastern elite as the Jazz Age begins its ascent, engulfing all classes into what will soon be known as Café Society. As with all of his other novels, it is a brilliant character study and is also an early account of the complexities of marriage and intimacy that were further explored in Tender Is the Night. The book is believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald's relationship and marriage with Zelda Fitzgerald.

Book One

  1. Anthony Patch
  2. Portrait of a Siren
  3. The Connoisseur of Kisses

Book Two

  1. The Radiant Hour
  2. Symposium
  3. The Broken Lute

Book Three

  1. A Matter of Civilization
  2. A Matter of Aesthetics
  3. No Matter!

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1928.

The longest-living author of this work died in 1940, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 82 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.