When he was just twenty-three, F. Scott Fitzgerald catapulted onto the American literary scene with the publication of This Side of Paradise.
The novel, which tells the story of Amory Blaine as grows from a callow, egotistical man into a self-aware man, has been praised as one of the most brilliant first novels in the history of American literature. The New York Times calls it “as nearly perfect as such a work could be…. The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale.”
Read an excerpt and judge it for yourself.