Though historically branded as a “Jazz Age epicurean, a playboy and an emblem of the Lost Generation,” F. Scott Fitzgerald was keenly aware of the profound social changes taking place in America in the early 20th century. Throughout his career, he wrote about the transformation of a more traditional society into an individualistic, capitalist one. This awareness likely stemmed from Fitzgerald’s turmoil in his own family history and personal life, noted David Brown, Elizabethtown College Raffensperger Professor of History.
Brown’s book “Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ” looks into Fitzgerald’s childhood, first loves, marriage, friendship with Ernest Hemingway, alcohol abuse and the economic collapse of the Great Depression. “Brown,” said The Herald reviewer Brian Morton “gets closer to a real Fitzgerald than anyone else.”