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Tender is the Night : Vintage Classics - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night

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Paperback Published: 1st March 2011
ISBN: 9780099541523
Number Of Pages: 344

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Heartbreaking American masterpiece of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ based on Fitzgerald’s own experience

It is the French Riviera in the 1920s. Nicole and Dick Diver are a wealthy, elegant, magnetic couple. A coterie of admirers are drawn to them, none more so than the blooming young starlet Rosemary Hoyt.

When Rosemary falls for Dick, the Diver’s calculated perfection begins to crack. As dark truths emerge, Fitzgerald shows both the disintegration of a marriage and the failure of idealism. Tender is the Night is as sad as it is beautiful.

About the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 -1940) is widely considered the poet laureate of the Jazz Age. He wrote many short stories and four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Great Gatsby. An unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously.

Industry Reviews

"A tragedy backlist by beauty." -- Daily Express

"For Fitzgerald desolation is a precondition of the lyrical. Hence the most distinctive impression of Tender: A beautiful novel about failure." -- Independent

"It is one of those books that you read and feel a shift... the story is told so poetically and eloquently. It is one of those books that you read and think: if I could only remember that sentence -- it is so beautiful."
"-- Sam Taylor-Wood

Though the dull brain perplexes and retards: Tender is the .


This was Fitzgerald's fourth and last novel. It was his least popular and probably too controversial for the 1930's. It is one of the great novels of the twentieth century. It is autobiographical and Dick Divers decline and Nicole's illness mirror the lives of Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. The schism in Nicole's mind likewise reflects the hypocrisy and decadence in 1930's American high society. The Diver's idyllic life is seen to be a sham and disintegrates before our very eyes. The cracks appear when Dick starts a brief and furtive affair with the movie starlet Rosemary Hoyt. He has commenced this as a defence against the infidelity of Nicole whose illness has become an increasing burden. The plot pivots around an incident in Rosemary's apartment which brings certain unpleasant truths to the surface. Including Dick's betrayal of justice to cover up for another's indiscretions and possibly crimes. In the constant flashbacks to Nicole's treatment we discover the trigger for her illness. A true understanding of her condition and strange behaviours ensues for the reader. This is a truly brilliant romantic novel and study of the complexity of mental illness.

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ISBN: 9780099541523
ISBN-10: 0099541521
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st March 2011
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.0 x 19.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

About the Author

Fitzgerald was a bright, handsome and ambitious boy, the pride and joy of his parents and especially his mother. He attended the St. Paul Academy, and when he was 13 he saw his first piece of writing appear in print: a detective story published in the school newspaper. In 1911, when Fitzgerald was 15 years old, his parents sent him to the Newman School, a prestigious Catholic preparatory school in New Jersey. There he met Father Sigourney Fay, who noticed his incipient talent with the written word and encouraged him to pursue his literary ambitions.

After graduating from the Newman School in 1913, Fitzgerald decided to stay in New Jersey to continue his artistic development at Princeton University. At Princeton, he firmly dedicated himself to honing his craft as a writer, writing scripts for Princeton's famous Triangle Club musicals as well as frequent articles for the Princeton Tiger humor magazine and stories for the Nassau Literary Magazine. However, Fitzgerald's writing came at the expense of his coursework. He was placed on academic probation, and in 1917 he dropped out of school to join the army. Afraid that he might die in World War I with his literary dreams unfulfilled, in the weeks before reporting to duty Fitzgerald hastily wrote a novel called The Romantic Egotist. Although the publisher Charles Scribner's Sons rejected the novel, the reviewer noted its originality and encouraged Fitzgerald to submit more work in the future.

Fitzgerald was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry and assigned to Camp Sheridan outside of Montgomery, Alabama. It was there that he met and fell in love with a beautiful 18-year-old girl named Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. The war ended in 1919, before Fitzgerald was ever deployed, and upon his discharge he moved to New York City hoping to launch a career in advertising lucrative enough to convince Zelda to marry him. He quit his job after only a few months, however, and returned to St. Paul to rewrite his novel.

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