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This Side of Paradise

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"It bears the impress, it seems to me, of genius. It is the only adequate study that we have had of the contemporary American in adolescence and young manhood." -Burton Rascoe of the Chicago Tribune

THIS SIDE OF PARADISE is the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published in 1920, and taking its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature. The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status seeking.

The novel centers on Amory Blaine, a young Midwesterner who, convinced that he has an exceptionally promising future, attends boarding school and later Princeton University. He leaves behind his eccentric mother Beatrice and befriends a close friend of hers, Monsignor Darcy. While at Princeton he goes back to Minneapolis where he re-encounters Isabelle Borgé, a young lady whom he met as a little boy, and starts a romantic relationship with her at Princeton he repeatedly writes ever more flowery poems but they become disenchanted with each after meeting again at his prom . . .

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Contents Book One The Romantic Egotist Chapter 1 Amory, Son of Beatrice A Kiss for Amory Snapshots of the Young Egotist Code of the Young Egotist Preparatory to the Great Adventure The Egotist Down Incident of the Well-Meaning Professor Incident of the Wonderful Girl Heroic in General Tone The Philosophy of the Slicker Chapter 2 Spires and Gargoyles A Damp Symbolic Interlude Historical “Ha-Ha Hortense!” “Petting” Descriptive Isabelle Babes in the Woods Carnival Under the Arc-Light Crescendo! Chapter 3 The Egotist Considers The Superman Grows Careless Aftermath Financial First Appearance of the Term “Personage” The Devil In the Alley At the Window Chapter 4 Narcissus Off Duty Amory Writes a Poem Still Calm Clara St. Cecilia Amory is Resentful The End of Many Things Interlude May, 1917-February, 1919 Embarking at Night Book Two: The Education of a Personage Chapter 1 The Débutante Several Hours Later Kismet A Little Interlude Bitter Sweet Aquatic Incident Five Weeks Later Chapter 2 Experiments in Convalescence Still Alcoholic Amory on the Labor Question Temperature Normal Restlessness Tom the Censor Looking Backward Another Ending Chapter 3 Young Irony September The End of Summer A Poem That Eleanor Sent Amory Several Years Later A Poem Amory Sent to Eleanor and Which He Called “Summer Storm” Chapter 4 The Supercilious Sacrifice The Collapse of Several Pillars Chapter 5 The Egotist Becomes a Personage In the Drooping Hours Still Weeding Monsignor The Big Man with Goggles Amory Coins a Phrase Going Faster The Little Man Gets His “Out of the Fire, Out of the Little Room”

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