Study Guide

Tender Is the Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender Is the Night Analysis

Places Discussed (Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)

*French Riviera

*French Riviera. Resort area along France’s Mediterranean coast that the novel refers to as the “home” of Dick Diver and his wife. The novel opens there, and the Divers periodically return there, and there the novel concludes with Dick blessing the beach from a terrace. As a literary device, the Riviera and its cities represent various aspects of the characters, the lives they lead, and the kinds of people they are becoming. The Riviera is pictured as a playground for the rich and famous, a place where Rosemary attends empty, pretentious parties with the Divers; where Nicole Warren spends money prodigiously—an indication of the relentless materialism of her family; where Dick repeatedly shines as glib host at dinner parties; where Mary North and Lady Caroline Sibly-Biers are arrested for their careless, condescending shenanigans; and where Nicole’s infidelity with Tommy Barban occurs.

Gausse’s Hôtel des Étrangers

Gausse’s Hôtel des Étrangers (gos-es oh-tel day-say-trahn-jay). Hotel on the French Riviera located somewhere “between Marseilles and the Italian Border” in which the novel opens. The hotel’s beach is where the initial infatuation begins between Dick Diver and film star Rosemary Hoyt and is the site of many scenes juxtaposed to indicate both the Divers’ charm as a couple and the ultimate disintegration of their marriage.

The hotel is significant as a gathering place for an elite group of wealthy and fashionable people, of whom Dick Diver is the indisputable star. Initially Diver’s “talent” is described as an ability to bring out the best in people and make them feel...

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Tender Is the Night Historical Context

Set in Europe between 1925 and 1935, and with flashbacks that cover the years 1917 to 1925, Tender Is the Night describes a group of...

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Tender Is the Night Ideas for Group Discussions

While many critics and general readers believe that Gatsby takes the palm as Fitzgerald's greatest literary achievement, many others...

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Tender Is the Night Literary Style

Title
The title comes from a line in John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale”: The poem, with its forlorn images of drinking,...

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Tender Is the Night Compare and Contrast

1920s: Having just experienced the devastating effects of World War I, Europe is working to rebuild its economies and...

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Tender Is the Night Topics for Further Study

F. Scott Fitzgerald was part of a group of writers known as the “Lost Generation.” Research the origin of that term and the writers who...

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Tender Is the Night Adaptations

The 1962 film version of the novel (enhanced by a superb background musical score, which was nominated for an Academy Award) starred Jennifer...

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Tender Is the Night Media Adaptations

In 1955, Tender Is the Night was adapted as an hour-long television special, starring Mercedes McCambridge as Nicole Diver. In 1962,...

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Tender Is the Night What Do I Read Next?

The Great Gatsby, along with Tender Is the Night, is considered to be Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Published in 1925, at the...

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Tender Is the Night Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph, with Judith S. Baughman, “Introduction,” in Reader’s Companion to F. Scott...

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Tender Is the Night Bibliography (Great Characters in Literature)

Bruccoli, Matthew J. The Composition of “Tender Is the Night”: A Study of the Manuscripts. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1963. This definitive study of the text provides a comprehensive analysis of the novel’s seventeen drafts. By chronicling significant changes between versions, Bruccoli offers valuable evidence of the forces that influenced Fitzgerald’s creative process.

Hook, Andrew. F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Literary Life. New York: St. Martin’s, 2002. Part of the Literary Lives series. Concise rather than thorough, but with some interesting details.

LaHood, Marvin J., ed....

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