Anthony and Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth.
But as money becomes tight, their marriage becomes impossible. And with their inheritance still distant, Anthony and Gloria must grow up and face reality; they may be beautiful but they are also damned.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went
to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was
said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a
generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths
in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic
marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on
his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of
Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the
Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work);
six volumes of short stories and The Crack Up, a selection of
Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York
Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and
in the literary sense he invented a 'generation'. . . he might have
interpreted and even guided them, as in their midle years they saw a
different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'