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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  • Fitzgerald's fourth and final novel, the author considered this to be his best work (Better than Gatsby? What?). Initially serialized in four installments in early 1934, there now exist two published versions of the work. Try to aim, if you can, for the earlier version (the 1934) version, using flashbacks. Perhaps the discussion would be rich using the 1948 version, too, for those who prefer a more chronological rendering. We have had frustrated readers when we've lacked chronological story telling in the past. So, I guess, make your own choice. :)

    This is a bleak book, covering a dark era of the author's life. The work covers the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a prominent young psychoanalyst and his wife (and also patient), Nicole.

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  • Stan S.

    There are three versions -- the magazine version, the 1934 version and the 1951 version (published after his death -- based on Fitzgerald's notes, but for him before his death only as a means to get a new publication because he needed the money). DEFINITELY read the 1934 version. Fitzgerald wrote this book over eight years (as I think I remember, maybe longer) during the period of Zelda's breakdown and institutionalization. I think it's a great book (the 1951 version spoils some of the pleasure of the read), but not better than Gatsby. Also, it's not his last book -- don't forget the unfinished novel, Loves of the Last Tycoon.

    1 · November 8

  • Brian

    Who inspired "Tender is the Night"? And what did they think about the novel?

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/07/28/living-well-is-the-best-revenge

    November 8

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