What Do I Read Next?
Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), is the story of the rise and fall of Jay Gatsby together with the boredom, seduction, and moral irresponsibility of the American aristocracy.
Algernon Charles Swinburne’s Selected Poems (1987), edited by L. M. Findlay, is an excellent introduction to the nineteenth-century visionary poet who refused to be categorized into his time.
Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast (1964) is a compelling autobiographical account of the expatriate modernist writing community living in Paris in the 1920s, and it includes stories of Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda during their time in Europe.
The Time Machine (1895), by H. G. Wells, is a science fiction novel about an inventor who claims to have traveled to the distant future to learn in what direction nineteenth-century ideas are taking humankind, and its political and social commentary influenced Fitzgerald.
Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) is a brilliant modernist novel that, like This Side of Paradise, is divided into two parts in order to dramatize the political, social, and artistic break from the past that followed World War I.