In the series Deep Cuts, I'm taking a look at the lesser known works of famous authors that everyone has heard of. I think it's a shame that we only know, perhaps, the pinnacle of an author's work instead of his or her range and diversity.
F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for a lot of things: Gatsby, sneaking autobiographical elements into his novels, Gatsby, his eccentric wife, but mainly... Gatsby. However, what we have here in This Side of Paradise is Fitz's first published novel--the one that he believed would win him the heart of the woman who rejected him, and it did. I repeat, this is the work of literature that won the heart of my goddess mother Zelda, and for that I am thankful. While TSOP has a different pace and narrative structure than Gatsby (there's a short play in the middle, some letters... basically, Fitz had some bits and pieces he wanted to use so he mixed them all together), it captures the same era of glamour, carelessness, and bewilderment.