F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24th, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota.He wrote many stories for his school yearbook, and when he graduated he went to college at Princeton University in New Jersey, but writing took up too much of his time and he soon got an academic probation. He dropped out of college to join the Army. He quickly wrote The Romantic Egotist in case he died in the war without doing anything with his writing career, yet his publisher rejects his novel. He was assigned and the second lieutenant at Camp Sheridan, which is near Montgomery, Alabama. There, he met Zelda Sayre. Zelda at first rejects Fitzgerald because he wasn't famous. He moved back to St. Paul and rewrote his novel, now called, This Side of Paradise. A week after the success of his first novel, he gets married to Zelda. Soon, Fitzgerald wrote many short stories like, "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Camel's Back," and "The Last of the Belles." In 1921, Zelda and Francis had their first and only child, Frances Scott Fitzgerald. In 1922, he published his second novel, The Beautiful and the Damned. He soon moved to France and wrote his most famous book, The Great Gatsby, which was one of the most credited American Novels ever written. Soon, Fitzgerald's life turned for the worst. He progressed steadily into alcoholism and suffered from frequent writer's block. His wife also suffered from mental health problems and their family had to move back and forth between Delaware and France. In 1931, his wife suffered a breakdown and entered the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Fitzgerald published his fourth novel, Tender is the Night, in 1934. After two years of alcohol and depression, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood to work on his fifth novel, The Lore of the Last Tycoon. He finished half of the novel before dying of a heart attack on December 21st, 1940. at the age of forty-four. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald died thinking he was a failure.


1901 - Fitzgerald's First Publication in Print, "The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage."1917 - Joins the Army1919 - This Side of Paradise1922 - The Beautiful and the Damned is published.1925 - The Great Gatsby is published.1934 - Tender is the NightDec, 21st, 1940- F. Scott Fitzgerald died.

Even though it was twenty years after his death, Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, was named one of the greatest modern American novels.Fitzgerald was the second lieutenant in his infantry.His work was first published in a newspaper at thirteen.

Lasting Impact

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, is one of the greatest American novels. It changes a person's perspective of the 1920's generation to generation.


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F. Scott Fitzgerald

You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.~F. Scott Fitzgerald



A collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books.

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald had an interesting friendship. They first met in a bar in 1925 when Fitzgerald was very successful but Hemingway was just writing short stories. Fitzgerald soon wrote a letter to his publisher telling him to look up Hemingway's writings and to help him become successful. Later, when Fitzgerald's success was waning and Hemingway was in the limelight, Ernest would harshly critique Fitzgerald. When Fitzgerald died, Hemingway wrote a letter paying his respects, but fourteen years later, Hemingway portrays Fitzgerald as unforgivable in one of his novels.

F. Scott Fitzgerald with his wife, Zelda, and daughter, Frances.


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