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Published in 1934, "Tender Is the Night" was one of the most talked-about books of the year.
"It's amazing how excellent much of it is," Ernest Hemingway said to Maxwell Perkins. "I will say now," John O'Hara wrote to Fitzgerald, ""Tender Is the Night" is in the early stages of being my favorite book, even more than "This Side of Paradise."" And Archibald MacLeish exclaimed: "Great God, Scott. You are a fine writer. Believe it not me."
Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, "Tender Is the Night" is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise.
A profound study of the romantic concept of character lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative "Tender Is the Night," Mabel Dodge Luhan remarked, raised F. Scott Fitzgerald to the heights of a "modern Orpheus."
About the Author
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby (his best known), and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with age and despair. Fitzgerald's work has been adapted into films many times. His short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was the basis for a 2008 film. Tender Is the Night was the subject of the eponymous 1962 film, and made into a television miniseries in 1985. The Beautiful and Damned was filmed in 1922 and 2010. The Great Gatsby has been the basis for numerous films of the same name, spanning nearly 90 years: 1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, and 2013 adaptations. In addition, Fitzgerald's own life from 1937 to 1940 was dramatized in 1958 in Beloved Infidel.
Therese Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor living and working in New York City. She has narrated a number of award-winning audiobooks and has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As an adolescent counselor, Therese spent five years utilizing drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings before moving to New York.