The Beautiful and Damned is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s second novel - first published by Scribner's in 1922 - and written at a pivotal moment in his career. It is a devastating portrait of the nouveau riche, New York nightlife, reckless ambition, and squandered talent.
Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, "surrendered to impulses which wouldn't even have occurred to more prosaic souls." - Biographer Andrew Turnbull.
As with all of Fitzgerald's other novels, it is a brilliant character study and is also an early account of the complexities of marriage and intimacy that were further explored in Tender Is the Night. The book is believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald's relationship and marriage with Zelda Fitzgerald.