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Tender Is the Night: Introduction
Tender Is the Night: Plot Summary
Tender Is the Night: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Tender Is the Night: Themes
Tender Is the Night: Quotes
Tender Is the Night: Characters
Tender Is the Night: Symbols
Tender Is the Night: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Historical Context of Tender Is the Night
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- Full Title: Tender is the Night
- When Written: 1922-1931
- Where Written: Fitzgerald started writing the novel in Europe and finished it upon moving back to America in 1931.
- When Published: 1934
- Literary Period: Modernism, The Jazz Age, The Roaring Twenties
- Genre: Modernism, Literary Fiction, Jazz Age Literature, Novel, Romance
- Setting: The novel is set in various locations across Europe between 1917-1930, namely Paris, the French Riviera, Zurich, and Rome.
- Climax: In a fit of rage, Nicole intentionally crashes the car with Dick and the children inside.
- Antagonist: Although there is no clear antagonist in the story, Nicole’s madness is positioned as the reason that Dick Diver doesn’t fulfill his marvelous potential.
- Point of View: The omniscient third-person narrator moves between Dick, Rosemary, and Nicole.
Extra Credit for Tender Is the Night
Round Two. A second version of Tender is the Night was published in 1948. Following notes that Fitzgerald had written before he died, literary critic Malcolm Cowley reorganized the story to unfold in chronological order.
Passion Project. Fitzgerald worked on Tender is the Night for nine years and he was devastated when it didn’t do very well in terms of sales or critical acclaim.