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Following the education and young life of Amory Blaine, from indulged only child to disillusioned war veteran,
This Side of Paradise is a thinly veiled account of Fitzgerald’s time as a Princeton undergraduate and an aspiring writer set against the turbulent background of adolescence, first loves, and the outbreak of World War I. Amory moves through a dynamic whirl of exuberant youth, university escapades and adventures home and abroad as one of a new, restless American generation.
This Side of Paradise ensured immediate fame as well as notoriety for F. Scott Fitzgerald. Not only Fitzgerald’s bestselling novel during his lifetime, it was also the work against which each of his later novels was measured. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of
This Side of Paradise: without it, the writing career of one of the twentieth-century’s most popular novelists would have been immeasurably different. Brilliant and original in style and structure, brimful of literary experimentalism and fearless originality, it was a spectacular launching for Fitzgerald’s career, and instantly stamped him as the bard of the Jazz Age.
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