By F. Scott Fitzgerald
This facet of Paradise is the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald. released in 1920, and taking its name from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the ebook examines the lives and morality of post-World warfare I early life. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an enticing Princeton college pupil who dabbles in literature and has the book's topic of affection warped via greed and status-seeking. in the summertime of 1919, 22-year-old Fitzgerald broke up with the woman he were dating, Zelda Sayre. After being inebriated for far of the summer season he back to St. Paul, Minnesota, the place his kinfolk lived, to accomplish the unconventional, hoping that if he turned a winning novelist he may possibly win Zelda again. whereas at Princeton, Fitzgerald had written an unpublished novel known as The Romantic Egotist and finally eighty pages of the typescript of this prior paintings ended up during this aspect of Paradise. On September four, 1919, Fitzgerald gave the manuscript to a chum to bring to Maxwell Perkins, an editor at Charles Scribner's Sons in manhattan. The ebook was once approximately rejected by way of the editors at Scribners, yet Perkins insisted, and on September sixteen it used to be formally approved. Fitzgerald begged for early publication-convinced that he may develop into a star and provoke Zelda-but used to be informed that the unconventional must wait till the spring. however, upon the recognition of his novel for book he went and visited Zelda they usually resumed their courtship. His luck approaching, she agreed to marry him. (Wikipedia)
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At this early stage of his quest, he is too narcissistic and egotistical to succeed. In fact, he has already admitted that his code to live by is a sort of aristocratic egotism (p. 19), and he believes himself to be physically, socially, and mentally superior to his fellow students. Not only is Amory unable to live up to his idealized vision of himself; neither will the world conform to his illusions. Amory舗s experience at Princeton leaves him so disillusioned that he claims he manages to educate himself in spite of it; the social elite leaves him embittered and 舠 舖sick of a system where the richest man gets the most beautiful girl舗 舡; women leave him heartbroken and convinced that evil and sex are nearly synonymous; and his job in advertising makes him tired of a society where 舠 舖the artist without an income has to sell his talents to a button manufacturer舗 舡 (p.
111). In the 舠quest舡 book the hero sets off in life to discover the best use for his talents, with the idea that using them wisely according to a certain code will ensure social and economic success. 舡 As part of his struggle to succeed, he tries to devise a strategy to live up to the prescribed Victorian ideals of propriety, sobriety, and hard work. One way he does this is to read dozens of young-adult books that were popular at the time, such as Booth Tarkington舗s The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), Owen Johnson舗s Stover at Yale (1911), and Compton MacKenzie舗s Sinister Street (1913).
Amory Blaine舗s fortunes parallel those of Fitzgerald, and Amory is the first of Fitzgerald舗s heroes to find himself on the outside looking in. 舠Loss of money is not only the worst pain in itself, but it is the parent of all others,舡 declared English author Samuel Butler in his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (1903); thus Amory Blaine舗s eventual poverty brings about his later losses in social status and in love. Even though Amory is characterized as far wealthier than Fitzgerald was at birth, until Stephen Blaine舗s death Amory has only the vaguest idea where his money comes from.