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The work that signaled Fitzgerald's maturity as a storyteller and novelist, The Beautiful and Damned is a devastating portrait of the excesses of the Jazz Age. The Beautiful and the Damned is a scathing chronicle of a dying marriage and a hedonistic society where beauty is all too fleeting. The title refers to the protagonists and ultimately to Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, who, in living the “good life” of too many parties and too much alcohol, they doom themselves to suffering and failure. The “beautiful” and the “damned” are one and the same people, for it is their beauty and zest for life that damns them to fall from grace and suffer.
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