Anyone who knows me knows that the author of The Great Gatsby is my favorite writer bar none. Gatsby was probably the one book that most influenced my desire to become a writer. On top of that, his short stories are phenomenal, as is his essay “The Crack-up” about his alcoholic breakdown.
But #BookADay Day 4 is about the least favorite book by your most favorite author, and for that I had a bit of trouble. Sure, I love some things better than others, but I can find something to admire in everything I’ve read by Fitzgerald.
But there’s one novel that I haven’t read, even though I’ve owned it for decades. And that’s The Beautiful and Damned. So, while you could say it’s my least favorite, it’s only because I’m completely unfamiliar with it.
First published in 1922, The Beautiful and the Damned followed Fitzgerald’s impeccable debut, This Side of Paradise, thus securing his place in the tradition of great American novelists. Embellished with the author’s lyrical prose, here is the story of Harvard-educated, aspiring aesthete Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife, Gloria. As they await the inheritance of his grandfather’s fortune, their reckless marriage sways under the influence of alcohol and avarice. A devastating look at the nouveau riche and New York nightlife, as well as the ruinous effects of wild ambition, The Beautiful and the Damned achieved stature as one of Fitzgerald’s most accomplished novels. Its distinction as a classic endures to this day. (from the Goodreads book page)
This means, of course, that it’s getting put on the top of my to-read stack.