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What is the historical significance in our society of This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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When Fitzgerald's novel, his first, was published in 1920, it caused a national sensation. Some of its content that would seem very tame today was quite shocking to readers at the time. Historically, This Side of Paradise announced the arrival of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald's own term for the 1920s that became part of the national vocabulary, and through Amory Blaine, Fitzgerald became the literary voice of the members of the post-World War I young generation. Twenty-three when his book was published, Fitzgerald was one of them.

The main themes of the novel express the rejection of traditional American life and the embracing of new values....

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