Tender Is The Night
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald ranked # 28 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
Tender is the Night is a 1934 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The title is taken from the poem "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.
In 1932, Fitzgerald's wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was hospitalized for schizophrenia in Baltimore, Maryland, and the author rented the "La
Paix" estate in the suburb of Towson, Maryland to work on this book, the story of the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a promising young psychoanalyst and his wife, Nicole, who is also one of his patients. It would be his first novel published in nine years, and the last novel that he would complete.
While working on the book he several times ran out of cash and had to borrow from his editor and agent, and write short stories for commercial magazines. The early 1930s, when Fitzgerald was conceiving and working on the book, were certainly the darkest years of his life, and accordingly, the novel has its bleak elements.
Fitzgerald modeled the characters of Dick and Nicole Divers after his longtime friends, Gerald and Sara Murphy. The Murphys were a wealthy American expatriate couple that frequently entertained the Fitzgeralds and others of the Lost Generation at their home on the French Riviera. Although the Divers possessed the glamour of the Murphys, the tragedy of the Divers' marriage more accurately reflected Fitzgerald's own marriage to his wife Zelda, and not that of the Murphys.
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