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Tender is the Night Lesson Plan

Introduction to Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night, published in 1934, is F. Scott Fitzgerald's last completed novel. The novel parallels much of Fitzgerald's own life experiences, including his wife's struggles with mental illness, their failed marriage, alcoholism, and his obstacles with reaching his artistic potential. The book took Fitzgerald roughly nine years to write and publish, as writing occurred simultaneously with his wife Zelda's schizophrenia diagnosis. Initially, Tender is the Night was not as well received as other works by Fitzgerald, like The Great Gatsby. Some have pointed to this as a product of being published during the Great Depression, when its themes of wealth and glamorous living may have...

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