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This Side of Paradise was F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, published in 1920. The novel is a character study and quest, starring the romantic egoist Amory Blaine. It details his adventures at Princeton University and several doomed love affairs as he searches for his place in life and his "personage". F.Scott Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940), was a Jazz Age novelist and short story writer. ... 1920 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... Princeton University, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. ...


Fitzgerald wrote the first draft of the book while stationed in Alabama training for World War I. He submitted the manuscript to Scribner's publishing house but it was rejected. After the war, Fitzgerald's fiancee, Zelda Sayres, broke off their engagement, and the author moved to New York City, where he worked in advertising until he completed a revised manuscript. Maxwell Perkins saw promise in the young writer, and the end result is a largely auto-biographical story of an ambitious young man disillusioned with a society consumed by appearances, greed, and vanity. The protagonist's struggles with his own ambitions and moral uncertainty mirrored the ambiguity of the era. The book was an instant success, and the earnings enabled him to rekindle his relationship with Zelda, who incidentally was the inspiration for many of Amory's love interests in the novel. Alabama is a state located in the southern United States. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... Maxwell Perkins (1884-1947) was the famous editor of novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and others, at the publisher Charles Scribners Sons during the first half of the 20th Century. ...


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The Other side of paradise: Toni Morrison's making of mythic history African American Review - Find Articles (920 words)
Paradise (1998), Toni Morrison's seventh novel and her first since becoming the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1993), was greeted with the most mixed reviews of the author's three-decade career.
Paradise extends this earlier example of Morrison's historical revision, creating a springboard for metahistorical argument about conventional national history and the politics of truth it involves--an argument, that is, that probes the ways that truth is linked to systems of power that produce and sustain it.
As with Beloved and Jazz--the two other novels in her trilogy of excessive love--Morrison's conception of the novel developed from kernels in 19th-century African American history that center on slaves or descendants of slaves fleeing the rampant, violent racism of the South.
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