F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Post-decadent Novel “This Side of Paradise”

F Scott. Fitzgerald’s Post-decadent Novel “This Side of Paradise”

This Side of Paradise is usually understood in terms of its present and future (the Jazz Age / Lost Generation) but it is also illuminating to look at it in terms of its past. The voluminous reading lists comprising Amory Blaine’s literary education show us this book’s literary background in detail, and authors of the decadent tradition are found on these lists from the very beginning.  Along with his Midwestern  Catholicism, it is the decadence he inherits from his mother that gives Amory a feeling of otherness that plagues him  throughout the book.

Author: John Emerson

An nescis, mi fili, quantilla prudentia mundus regatur.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s