F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the first draft of his first novel in the army during 1917 and 1918. The working titles were "The Romantic Egoist" and "The Romantic Egotist." It was rejected by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1918. In 1919 Fitzgerald rewrote the book as This Side of Paradise. Its publication by Scribners in April 1920 made him a literary celebrity before his twenty-fourth birthday.
Set mostly at Princeton, This Side of Paradise was the most influential American college novel of its time and announced the arrival of a younger generation with new values and aspirations.
The text of This Side of Paradise is made available courtesy of the Bartleby Library, Columbia University's online books initiative.
This page updated 4 December 1996.
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