At a glance:
- Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
- First Published: 1934
- Type of Work: Novel
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Novel
- Subjects: Acting or actors, Psychology or psychologists, Europe or Europeans, 1920's, Alcoholism or alcoholics, Incest, Mental illness, Substance abuse, Adultery, Neuroses
- Locales: Europe, Rome, Italy, Italy, Switzerland, Riviera, Zurich, Switzerland
Nine years elapsed between the publication of The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, and during that time Fitzgerald worked on his fourth novel in several stages, completing the final version in about a year. It is an ambitious novel, a multilayered work which charts the moral and psychological decline of Dick Diver, a young and promising American psychiatrist, set against the background of American expatriates in Europe during the 1920’s. In a sense, Fitzgerald is tracing two parallel cases of decay—an individual’s and a generation’s....
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