The Beautiful and the Damned
Anthony Patch, Gloria Patch
One can tell this was one of Fitzgerald's first novels. The style is not so much his own; it feels very lengthy, as opposed to The Great Gatsby, which reads more like one of his breezy short stories.
In 1913, when Anthony Patch was twenty-five, two years were already gone since irony, the Holy Ghost of this later day, had, theoretically at least, descended upon him.
"I showed them," he was saying. "It was a hard fight, but I didn't give up and I came through!"
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