Fitzgerald Birthday Event: September 24, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
In terms of its critical reception and reputation among both readers and critics, The Beautiful and Damned is the ugly stepchild of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s full-length fictional offspring. This is graphically apparent when one notes how often its title has been incorrectly cited as The Beautiful and the Damned. Viewed from our present vantage of being able to see the full span of its author’s career, The Beautiful and Damned is in the unfortunate position of following the sensational critical and popular success of This Side of Paradise (1920) and preceding its author’s two most highly regarded novels, The Great Gatsby (1925) and Tender Is the Night (1934). Today, as we observe the centenary of its publication, it has begun to receive the sort of attention it has long deserved, most prominently in the publication in September by Louisiana State University Press of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned: New Critical Essays. On the occasion of Fitzgerald’s 127th birthday, join the three editors of that collection, each Fitzgerald specialists, in a discussion of Fitzgerald’s “other” novel.
FITZGERALD'S "OTHER" NOVEL:
William Blazek, Kirk Curnutt, and David W. Ullrich
Editors of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned: New Critical Essays