Written when he was only 23, This Side of Paradise is F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel and is the semi-autobiographical story of an idealistic Princeton student.
Published to critical claim, This Side of Paradise catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. With this newly edited, authorized version of his first novel, readers can enjoy this early classic of the Jazz Age, based on Fitzgerald's original manuscript. Romantic and witty, F. Scott Fitzgerald's first book offers a portrait of the "Lost Generation" and is one that should not be missed when exploring the catalog of one of America's greatest writing talents.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera. Fitzgerald’s masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald’s fiction has secured his reputation as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.