ISSUE #11: The Beautiful & Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In the intoxicating excitement and excess of the jazz age, Fitzgerald’s second novel chronicles the lives of the Harvard-educated Anthony Patch and his beautiful, willful wife, Gloria. Tossed into a sea of changing manners and morals, the couple becomes a portrait of greed, ambition and squandered talent in an America set upon the greatest spree in history. With clarity Fitzgerald turns prose that is by turns equally hilarious and heartbreaking but all the while remaining chillingly prophetic of the era. It is still counted among his greatest works.