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F. Scott Fitzgerald; French Riviera
Fitzgerald and family spent much of the 20s in France, both in Paris and on the French Riviera. It was while in Cap d'Antibes that Fitzgerald was inspired to write his final complete novel, Tender Is the Night, which is quite plainly autobiographical and about a marriage that is disintegrating due to alcohol, mental instability, and infidelity. The novel somewhat parallels what many vacations can be like; they start off all creamy white pearls on tanned skin and parties with champagne served in coupes with bowls the size and shape of a young woman's breast and end with death and dissolution. What, that wasn't what your last vacation was like? Moving on, then. This is a lovely bit from Tender Is the Night and sort of encapsulates that feeling that sometimes sneaks up on you when you're away from it all: “Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am to-night.” The trick is holding on to that person, even when you come back home.