Historical Context

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World War I
With tensions running very high between the major European powers, the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Many readers have found in this youthful performance by Fitzgerald a sense of the author's testing his talent, trying to determine which...

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Literary Style

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Dramatic, Poetic, and Epistolary Forms
This Side of Paradise is largely told by an omniscient or all-knowing, third person...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Broun, Heywood, “Paradise and Princeton,” in F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Critical Reception, edited by Jackson...

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Bloom, Harold, ed. F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Chelsea House, 1985. A short but important collection of critical essays, this book provides an introductory overview of Fitzgerald scholarship, plus readings from a variety of perspectives on his fiction.

Bruccoli, Matthew J., ed. New Essays on “The Great Gatsby.” Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1985. This short but important collection includes an introductory overview of scholarship, plus interpretive essays on Fitzgerald’s best-known novel.

Bruccoli, Matthew J. Some Sort of Epic Grandeur. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981. In this outstanding biography, a major Fitzgerald scholar argues that Fitzgerald’s divided spirit, not his lifestyle, distracted him from writing. Claims that Fitzgerald both loved and hated the privileged class that was the subject of his fiction.

Eble, Kenneth. F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Twayne, 1963. A clearly written critical biography, this book traces Fitzgerald’s development from youth through a “Final Assessment,” which surveys scholarship on his texts.

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.

Kuehl, John. F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Study of the Short Fiction. Boston: Twayne, 1991. Part 1 discusses Fitzgerald’s major stories and story collections; part 2 studies his critical opinions; part 3 includes selections from Fitzgerald critics. Includes chronology and bibliography.

Lee, A. Robert, ed. Scott Fitzgerald: The Promises of Life. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989. Includes essays on Fitzgerald’s major novels, his Saturday Evening Post stories, his treatment of women characters, and his understanding of ethics and history.

Compare and Contrast

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1920: Many young soldiers have come home to the United States from a devastating war abroad to a mood of increasing isolationism and a...

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Topics for Further Study

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This Side of Paradise includes a number of poems by Amory and other characters, such as Eleanor. Reread these poems and discuss their...

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Media Adaptations

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A book-on-tape of This Side of Paradise is available unabridged from Bookcassette Sales, 1997.

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What Do I Read Next?

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Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), is the story of the rise and fall of Jay Gatsby together with the boredom,...

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