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The Beautiful and Damned
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Anthony Patch has graduated from Harvard by , but that is the sum total of his accomplishments. His grandfather, who raised him, is beginning to pressure him to do something productive, and suggests that he write a book, but Anthony's life seems to be one enormous writers' block.
The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, tells the story of Anthony Patch, a s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon's fortune. Anthony and his wife Gloria are young and gorgeous, rich and leisured, and dedicate their lives to the reckless pursuit of happiness. But this intimate story turns tragic, as their marriage disintegrates under the weight of their expectations, dissipation, jealousy and aimlessness. Fitzgerald skilfully portrays the east-coast elite as the Jazz Age begins its ascent, engulfing all classes into what will soon be known as Cafe Society. As with all of Fitzgerald's novels, it is a brilliant character study written in breathtaking prose. It is also a gripping account of the complexities of marriage, largely based on Fitzgerald's relationship with his wife, Zelda.