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MonkeyNotes-Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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LITERARY HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Published in 1934, Tender is the Night is an uneven, late work by Fitzgerald, which sold less copies than his earlier works. Although all his writing addressed the society in which he lived during the twenties and thirties, this book may contain more autobiographical components than his earlier works and clearly focuses on the despair he felt in the 1930s, largely due to Zelda’s problems. This book, like his others, is both modernist and realistic, though this one has less intellectual control than The Great Gatsby. It is, however, more politically complex, subtly debunking east-west, capitalist myths.


Although the book is often criticized for having weak, stereotyped characters who are not fully developed, it is remarkable for its rich and complex realism. Many of the scenes between Nicole and Dick capture their everyday, miserable life, filled with tension and concern. Some of the psychiatric concerns are also very realistic. It must be remembered that Fitzgerald wrote the book while Zelda was experiencing difficulties somewhat similar to Nicole; Fitzgerald’s wife, however, did not recover like his fictional character. Perhaps the author was showing how he wished he could “save” Zelda, like Nicole was saved.

In later printings of the book, significant changes were made. The order of the chapters was reconfigured according to a plan scribbled down by Fitzgerald after the first printing. The reordered text is a more traditional story and, therefore, eliminates several of the book’s flaws.

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