F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night

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Tender is the Night (1934), Scott Fitzgerald’s fourth novel, and the last he completed, appeared nine years after The Great Gatsby. More muted than its predecessor, Tender is the Night, which takes its title from Fitzgerald’s favourite poem, John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale” (1820), is a subtle, moving study of disintegration focused through the figure of Dick Diver, who moves from success as a brilliant young psychiatrist, through marriage to a beautiful and wealthy schizophrenic, to obscurity as a small-town doctor. The autobiographical aspects of Tender is the Night are more evident than those of Gatsby – most notably, Dick’s …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Tender is the Night". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 September 2006
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