IBG Tuesday Meetup - The Beautiful and The Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald

Hi All,

We had a greeat meetup last week when we discussed The Psycopath Test by Jon Ronson.

It is a well known book and the author is a regular on TV and radio, so the turnout last week was at 113%!We expected 24 but got 27.

 

More details of the night to follow but please see below the next book:

"Exploring the decadence of Jazz Age New York through a fictionalised version of his own marriage to Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Beautiful and the Damned" includes an introduction by Geoff Dyer in "Penguin Modern Classics". Anthony Patch and his wife Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth. But as money becomes tight, their marriage becomes impossible. And with their inheritance still distant, Anthony and Gloria must face reality; they may be beautiful - but they are also damned. F. Scott Fitzgerald [masked]) has acquired a mythical status in American literary history, and his masterwork "The Great Gatsby" is considered by many to be the 'great American novel'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre, dubbed 'the first American Flapper', and their traumatic marriage and Zelda's gradual descent into insanity became the leading influence on his writing.

As well as many short stories, Fitzgerald wrote five novels "This Side of Paradise", "The Great Gatsby", "The Beautiful and the Damned", "Tender is the Night" and, incomplete at the time of his death, "The Last Tycoon". After his death "The New York Times" said of him that 'in fact and in the literary sense he created a "generation"'. If you enjoyed "The Beautiful and the Damned", you might like John Dos Passos' "Manhattan Transfer", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A prose that has the tough delicacy of a garnet". ("New York Review of Books")."

See you then,

Hannah

 

 

 

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  • Hilary s.

    Sorry I was unable to come at the last minute

    June 4, 2013

  • Sam D

    Sorry have to finish off some work tonight. Will try to make it for reward glass of wine later. Have fun!

    June 4, 2013

  • Hannah

    Hi All, We are going to be in the pub garden of The Canonbury Pub. Hope it's nice and warm for us tonight :-)

    June 4, 2013

  • Hannah

    So sorry you're sick Peter. Take good care and see you soon :-)

    June 4, 2013

  • Peter W

    Unfortunately, I'm sick and won't be ale to join

    June 4, 2013

  • Charlotte G.

    Oops, forgot to RSVP! Looks like I'm too late to join you all tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed the book... It was all a bit too miserable for my liking.

    June 3, 2013

  • Sharona S

    Wooo hooooo!

    June 3, 2013

  • Jennifer F.

    Ooh Id love to read this book! F Scott Fitzgerald is a favourite. Sadly Ive got other plans that night I cant change. Have a glass of wine for me!

    May 13, 2013

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