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March 12, 1922 - Image 17

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By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(A Review by L. J. H.
There are various methods by 'whic
a man may make a sorry figure of him
self. He may commit a crime. run for
vice-president, marry six women and
have them all suing for divorce simul
taneously, refuse a million dollar
legacy, or .write a bad book. Of this
vast field of opportunities F. Scot
Fitzgerald has chosen the last men
tioned, and as a result, we have his
latest novel, "The Beautiful and the
Damned' (Scribners).
What reason he may have had fo
writing this curious mixture is hard
very hard, to discover-unless-unless
possibly, he needed money badly
Certainly he could not have done i
for love, nor for honor in the field o
honest letters.
"The Beautiful and Damned" isz
book of 449 pages, a'nd is divided in
to three "books," each containing
three chapters. ,Like other books,,i
contains sentences, paragraphs, a&
each page has a border of one inch or
the right and a half inch on the left-
even as all bools are printed. Bu
there any association which "Th
Beautiful and Damned' may claim witt
other novels of any real merit mus
It contains a foolish, weak plot-
foolish because it is a hackneyed, weal
because it has .a best-seller flavor
The main character is a young man
Anthony Patch, a Harvard graduat
and the grandson of an erratic multi
millionaire reformer. Anthony's on
ambition in life is to have his grand
father die as quickly as the old man'
fast-failing health will permit, so tha
the family fortunes may be trans
ferred to him. In the meantime, whil
the old man is still fighting off deat
with handsome bribes of charitabl
and church organizations, Anthon
manages to pass the time in drinking
and finally falling in love with an
snarrying a young, eligible fliappe
named Gloria Gilbert. Gloria is neces

sary to the story, because she fits in Se Au t I/ e Meneffee, "I believe, steel wheels on
so well with the first part of the title. S ew A to W h el automobiles will be used practically
Gloria is beautiful and sophisticated, Prof. Ferdinand N. Menefee, of the altogether."
a very dangerous combination, and Engineering Mechanics department,
therefore the second part of the title. REFORMS FOR THE CAMPUS
At times one can almost hear her recently submitted a test report of ex- POLITICS-A COMMUINICATION
hiss through her pearly white teeth periments on a new type of steel wheel (Continued from Page 2)
(all beautiful women have pearly resembling outwardly the present be brought before the students is re-
white teeth.) "Why am I cursed- ith wood style. quired. This can be accomplished by
I this fatal beauty?" Of course Anthony "We got exactly the same elastic having cuts of all the prospective can-
- takes part in the war when America's relation between the wood and the didates published before election in
r patriotism registeres a pneumonia fe- drop-forged steel wheel," said, the re- -the regular issue of the Daily or in
s ver, and is for a short time a corporal port which Professor Menefee re- an election extra. This would elmiin-
in a southern camp until his escapades turned. "From the standpoint of basic ate much confusion. The average vote
t result in his demotion. Fitzgerald as- wheel requirements it is my opinion iserendered less intelligent $because
- sumes the attitude of a philosophical the drop-forged steel wheel marks a there exists, in many cases, a. similar-
s diplomat - toward the war, and con- very great advance in the craft of ity between the names of the candi-
e siders it merely as a necessary outlet forging and wheel manufacture." dates and those of other students.
for the nstion's effervescent hysteria. For years manufacturers have been Then, too, many men on the campus
What will the Ku Klux Klan and the endeavoring to make steel wheels are more widely known by their nick-
r American Legion say to that? which would have the same qualities names than by their real -names. The
, Every story must have a happy end- of shock resistence and endurance un- proposed printing of the candidates'
, ing or else it cannot be a best seller der stress as that displayed by wood photographs would bring the candi-
. so Anthony and Gloria go through a wheels. Many steel wheels of the date in closer -relation to the voter. In
series of trials and re-trials to recover wire and disk variety as well as those putting these ideas before the student
l from their grandfather's physician the having spokes have been invented it is my sincere desire to stimulate
f thirty millions which the old man-yes and "perfected" but the ones tested other minds and thus reach a better
he finally dies-has neglected to leave by Professor Menefee seem to satisfy solution of the problem at hand.
a to Anthony. The trials drag on, and on the ideal requirements most satisfac- ROBERT F. ADAMS, JR., '24L.
_ and finally the higher courts eventually torily
- decide that since good whiskey is Not only may the methods used in "Civilization in the United States;
g very expensive, Anthony needs the the making of this wheel be adopted an Inquiry by Thirty Americans," is
1 money more than the physician, who in the manufacture to better advan- raising a storm of comment both pro
d may always. resort to the prescription rage of other types of forgings but and con. A Chicago reviewer suggests
n scheme.. Besides, to help the situa- it probably marks a new epoch in the that a more appropriate title would be,
tion, and perhaps to make the book manufacture of wheels. "What the Hell's Wrong with sner-
- adaptable to the screen, Fitgerald gives "In the future," remarked Prof. ica?"
t the doctor permission to shoot him-
self.. This he -does in Hearst maga
h zine style-it must be born in mind
that the story first ran serially in
the Metropolitan magazine. N o.2C 4u.ograPhi
The book will probably run into a
- number of editions with the help of
k clever advertising and the prestigeK odaK Jr'
. of Fitzgerald's former fairly good J
, novel, "This Side of Paradise." The '
e literary half-wits will mistake the new
- .novel for one of the same caliber, the with Kodak
e young Glorias will discuss it at tea
- parties, and school teachers will con-A g
s demn it to their students'and stay up 7.7 lens
t all night reading it themselves.
- . The book is merely a sham, a pope-
e lar short story which has been amply
h padded, and doubtless flavored to meet
e the Metropolitan standards, a plain
y attempt to get some ready money. The
result will be that its few good spots
d will be condemned, its bad stretches
r will be praised, and in general it will
be discussed bootlessly.




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