Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Tender is the Night
F Scott Fitzgerald


Tender is the Night is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last completed novel. Between the First World War and the Wall Street Crash the French Riviera was the stylish place for wealthy Americans to visit.¬†Among the most fashionable are psychoanalyst Dick Diver and his wife Nicole, who hold court at their villa. Into their circle comes Rosemary Hoyt, a film star, who is instantly attracted to them, but understands little of the dark secrets and hidden corruption that hold them together. As Dick draws closer to Rosemary, he fractures the delicate structure of his marriage and sets both Nicole and himself on to a dangerous path where only the strongest can survive.

In this exquisite, lyrical novel, Fitzgerald has poured much of the essence of his own life; he has also depicted the age of materialism, shattered idealism and broken dreams.

This edition is edited by Arnold Goldman with an introduction and notes by Richard Godden.

Paperback, 400pp
Penguin Books, 2001 (1934)
ISBN 9780141183596