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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  47,235 ratings  ·  3,000 reviews
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 gra ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Simon & Schuster (first published March 1922)
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Gilbert Pilz People used to think of the Holy Ghost as inhabiting nearly everything. It's presence was everywhere and it was moving everything around from within. …morePeople used to think of the Holy Ghost as inhabiting nearly everything. It's presence was everywhere and it was moving everything around from within. "The Holy Ghost of this later day ..." is saying that this sense of the Holy Ghost has been replaced by the presence of irony; irony is now controlling everything.(less)
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Steven Godin
I can't think of any writer other F. Scott Fitzgerald that has had such of a yo-yo effect on me. I thought 'Gatsby' was the real deal, 'This Side of Paradise' I gave up on, some of his short stories left a big impression on me, whereas, 'Tender Is the Night' felt like a bit of a mess. I put this down to his personal life, which wasn't exactly plain sailing. 'The Beautiful and Damned' sits comfortably in-between this lot, lounged in the Ritz-carlton to be precise. With a cigarette in one hand, an ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

The Beautiful and Damned, first published in 1922, is F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel. It explores and portrays New York cafe society and the American Eastern elite during the Jazz Age before and after "The Great War" and in the early 1920's.

As in his other novels, Fitzgerald's characters in this novel are complex, especially with respect to marriage and intimacy. The work is generally considered to have drawn upon and be based on Fi
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Brian
May 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
A deeply flawed book. A good amount of editing would've greatly improved this book. However, Fitzgerald was coming off his huge success with "This Side of Paradise", so the publisher allowed him to publish this very uneven piece of work. This was the final Fitzgerald novel that I have read, and by far the worst.

Yes, Fitzgerald writes beautiful prose. Eloquence for its own sake doesn't make a novel. Indulgent eloquence, uneven pacing, unsympathetic characters, a generally poor plot, and a terribl
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leynes
Nov 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know I said I wouldn't bother writing a review for this piece of trash but I couldn't resist to compile some of Scottie's 'greatest hits' just to give context for my dislike of this novel.

Some of the lovely descriptions (from men) about our main protagonist Gloria:
'Gloria's darn nice – not a brain in her head.'

'A sense of responsibility would spoil her. She's too pretty.'

'She's so utterly stupid.'

'Remarkable that a person [Gloria] can comprehend so little and yet live in such a complex civil
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Briynne
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald wasn't joking with that title. These people were completely screwed from the moment they hit the page, and it was fascinating to watch it all disintegrate. As I mentioned in the review I just finished for Tender is the Night , I found Anthony and Gloria to be some of the more unsympathetic characters I've encountered lately. They are both vain and shallow and utterly useless people in terms of anything practical. I can't imagine being friends with these people. This book worked for ...more
Lea
Jun 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic, fiction, kindle
“I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world.”

The Beautiful and the Damned follows the story of Anthony Patch, and his beautiful wife Gloria, living in the New York elite café society during the “Jazz Age“ before and after the Great War in the early 1920s. So much of Beautiful and Damned reminds me of Belle du Seigneur, which in my opinion is a deeper and stronger dive into the subject of existential dread of upper-class beautiful and rich people. In the auto
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Tom
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
"The Beautiful and Damned" is the perfect title for this novel, as well as for the author's life with his wife Zelda.

This is Fitzgerald's second novel, and he had become wealthy and famous. His protagonist and his wife--Anthony and Gloria Patch--move in a circle of rich, hard-drinking sybarites, who seem to move glibly from party to party. (On the first edition dust jacket, Anthony and Gloria are painted as Scott & Zelda)

Anthony doesn't want to work. After graduating from Harvard, he wanders ar
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Sam
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was... heavy. I read it in a couple days, but it's so emotionally and mentally exhausting it was just painful most of the time. Fitzgerald almost viciously pulls the rug out any time there's a slight chance of things getting better for Gloria and Anthony who, rather than confronting their flaws and getting their shit together, seem to alternate between wallowing and reveling in their self-destructive boredom and self-pity. It's a study in absolute misery. It reminded me more than a lit ...more
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aside from the Great Gatsby this is the only other novel I've read by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Years ago when living on a small Caribbean island, with limited things to do, I read a large collection of books that I had had the foresight to bring with me (it got dark at 6pm every evening after which it wasn't safe to leave my apartment). One book was a collection of Fitzgerald's short stories and I enjoyed them immensely. This book I also enjoyed.

The Beautiful and the Damned starts like most of his s
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Perry
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll Be Damned

How could the same F. Scott Fitzgerald who composed such a brilliant novel in The Great Gatsby have preceded it with such a lifeless moral tale?

A bantam-cock and his haughty hussy, Anthony and Gloria Patch, squander their days for more than a decade of their lives anticipating an inheritance of a large part of the estate of Anthony's grandfather, a Rockefeller-type magnate, who excludes them from his Last Will and Testament because of their debauched style of living.

It's just hard
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Imogen Kathleen
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, classics
"Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life."
Hmmm... I'm torn on the rating for this one. What an ending.
Following the Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert, this jazz-age story of decaying glamour is far from my favourite of Fitzgerald's work, but was nonetheless enchanting.

The Good

- Fitzgerald's writing is undeniably beautiful, with a luxurious approach to description that can effortlessly transport the reader to a whole other era.
- As with many of Fitzgerald's books, there is a heavy
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Lisa
May 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: People who wish to be bored to literal tears
I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby so I was looking forward to this, being especially lured in by the fabulous title. Sadly, this turned out to be the only good thing about the book as it turns out that reading about bored, boring people tooling about being bored is incredibly boring. So boring, in fact, that I've even bored myself writing this, so I won't bother with any more. ...more
Katie Lumsden
May 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5. I didn't love this one. It felt messy and poorly structured in comparison with The Great Gatsby, and the characters really didn't grab me. ...more
Pooja Bhoi
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-pages
I was in my friend's room to discuss about songs and movies and instead I found this. Its cover and title were eye pleasing that I immediately wanted to finish it up. This was the very thing I wanted at that time. And This Book found Me.

The story revolves around a couple Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert and their 'friends', about how their marriage and everything around them falls into abyss because of their idleness and recklessness. It is really important to have a career and being independen
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Sara
There is no doubt that F. Scott Fitzgerald can handle language. He writes in such a delicious manner that he can keep you going for a long time on that alone, no substance required. That is exactly what he does for the first half of The Beautiful and the Damned. I fully admit that I became weary of this novel by the halfway point, then, in that manner that is also so very Fitzgerald, he began to focus the story and I was lured to go forward to the end.

If any author can invent characters that are
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Roman Clodia
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thousand taxis would yawn at a thousand corners, and only to him was that kiss forever lost and done. In a thousand guises Thais would hail a cab and turn up her face for loving. And her pallor would be virginal and lovely, and her kiss chaste as the moon...

Can anyone write as gorgeously as Fitzgerald about illusion and the ephemeral nature of beauty, loss of love and failure, toxic marriages and breakdowns?

The first time I started this book, it didn't work for me. But it's been nagging a
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: F. Scot Fitzgerald fans
Recommended to Kat (Lost in Neverland) by: Myself

Anthony is young, lazy, handsome, and bored with the world. He spends his days having meals with his companions, Maury and Richard, and participating in the art of 'doing nothing'. When Richard introduces Anthony to his cousin Gloria, the world is suddenly a bit less boring.
Gloria is beautiful, with childish features and, like Anthony, bored easily. But Anthony is the first man in a long string of dull romances that she does not tire of. The two marry and are at the height of their lives.
But An
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Elena
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I found this book fascinating and also really problematic. Fitzgerald's class prejudices and racism are on parade, and it's a horrifying parade. It's much less censored than in *Gatsby*, and in that sense it's more interesting. Fitzgerald surveys and mocks different "types," social and racial, and in that catalog we glimpse what moves and terrifies *his* kind. So when his hero and heroine start to come apart, we understand that it's bigger than Anthony's alcoholism or Gloria's spending . . . the ...more
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Maybe reading this after GATSBY was a mistake. That was such a polished, beautifully written book, and this just makes me feel like I've spent the last hour banging my head against the wall.



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Chrissie
What is special about this novel is the author’s ability to make the most despicable of characters interesting. The reader is jogged into another world. There are two central characters – Anthony and Gloria. I never came close to feeling even the slightest pinch of empathy for either. Their values are opposite to my own. I sat and watched, fixated, glued to the end, but not for a second thinking that either my views or theirs would change. It is like watching a train crash.

So why did I watch? I
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Jules C
May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald left me gasping for breath, depressed at the end of the novel. The demise of Gloria and Anthony Patch and their ill-fated relationship incredibly drawn out. But the intricacies of each character is highly developed. I thought I was actually friends with these characters. It's an excellent read though it's not the most action-packed. I loved the dense descriptives, and the way he portrays Gloria's vanity: "Beauty is only to be admired, only to be loved -- to be harvested carefully and ...more
Alice-Elizabeth
I'm going to say this now. Reading this book caused me to not only fall into an extreme reading slump, it also was the book that got me back into the book blogging world. There is an extreme rant review for this one over on my blog: https://marriedtobooksreviewsandblog.... Please note that my rant review does contain a couple of spoilers regarding the storyline. I don't put spoiler reviews onto my Goodreads, hence why I won't be copying my review for The Beautiful and the Damned over. If you are ...more
jessica
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
picked up and read when i went through a 'i want to read all the classics!' phase. also, the writing in this just cemented my fangirl feelings for fitzgerald. ...more
Milica
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read about Fitzgerald's life afterwards and I realized that Gloria and Anthony were heavily inspired by Zelda and him. That is heartbreaking, but also brutally honest if it's true. The ending was fitting and kinda unexpected, the story was depressing, but it depicted the war-post-war jazz era realistically and without restraint and embellishments. ...more
Madeline
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it
As you may know, Reader, I struggled to get through George Eliot's masterpiece (cue massive eyeroll) Middlemarch. Refer to my review for a detailed explanation, or just read the next sentence of this one. It was boring, basically. There isn't really a plot, it's just a description of some people going about their daily lives with nothing very dramatic ever happening. The same can be said of the plot (term is used loosely here) of The Beautiful and Damned: rich people are miserable, make poor mar ...more
Eric Kinney
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is a novel Im sure everyone is familiar with from high school, and in my case was the only book I ever picked up from the author until I came across "The Beautiful and Damned". Unlike other books that were recommended by friends and acquaintances, reading Fitzgerald's second novel derived from my curiosity for a rarely mentioned era of American history; one encompassing the age of wild jazz, speakeasies, and the notorious flappers. As an author, Fitzgeral
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Gitte - Bookworm's Closet
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys beautiful writing and rich bitches
I’ve always looked on criticism as a sort of envious tribute.
– Gloria Patch



The Dandy, Anthony Patch, falls in love with the most sought-out girl: the beautiful and aloof Gloria. They marry and become the it couple everyone wants to be with. Their nights are full of champagne and parties, and the days are spent in idleness, waiting for the next party to fill the void. Anthony’s inheritance is endangered because of their wildness. What now? They can’t imagine a life without luxury. Nor is Anth
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Afshi
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing
It’s easy to dismiss this book as one of Fitzgerald’s lesser novels, but it’s actually a gem and I like it much more than The Great Gatsby. This follows the lives of two characters as they come together in a time filled with drinking and dancing, and fall apart when vanity and alcoholism take over in later years. The story is extremely descriptive written with meticulous attention to detail, and often moves between being manic; brilliant and exciting, to being depressive with illustrations of ch ...more
Cheryl
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage
This novel is said to be a "fierce parable about...the ruin wrought by time." I like the phrase. One could say that phrase encapsulates the singularness of Fitzgerald's novels.

"Anthony Patch with no record of achievement, without courage, without strength to be satisfied with truth when it was given him. Oh, he was a pretentious fool, making careers out of cocktails and meanwhile regretting, weakly and secretly, the collapse of an insufficient and wretched idealism. He had garnished his soul in
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Duane
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fitzgerald projected himself into his novels as protagonist, probably more than any other author I have read. And he usually dragged his wife and a few friends onto the pages with him. In The Beautiful and Dammed, his second novel, we meet Anthony and Gloria, two of the most miserable and unhappy characters you've ever met. Actually, they are very much like the characters in all of Fitzgerald's novels. They are young, beautiful, rich on some level, and they have absolutely nothing to do except ...more
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini ...more

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