The heir to his grandfather’s considerable fortune, Anthony Patch is led astray
from the path to gainful employment by the temptations of the
1920s Jazz Age. His descent into dissolution and profligacy is accelerated
by his marriage to the attractive but turbulent Gloria, and the couple soon
discover the dangerous flip side of a life of glamour and debauchery.
Containing obvious parallels with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s own lives,
The Beautiful and Damned
is a tragic examination of the pitfalls of greed and
materialism and the transience of youth and beauty.
'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he
invented a generation.' The New York Times
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