Considered scandalous (and brilliant) when it was published in
1920, "This Side of Paradise" describes the intellectual,
spiritual, and sexual education of young Amory Blaine in the
tumultuous America of the early twentieth century. Highly
sophisticated yet hopelessly romantic, Amory flounders from prep
school to Princeton to glittering Jazz Age New York, confident that
he is destined for greatness but unsure how to go about it.
Fitzgerald's razor-sharp re-creation of a defiant, disillusioned
generation "grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all
faiths in man shaken" makes "This Side of Paradise "a timeless
autobiographical novel of youth and alienation. It moves from
tenderness to cynicism to hope with the grace and power that make
Fitzgerald one of the greatest of American writers.