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Childhoodn Born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesotan Mother was Mary and Father was Edwardn In 1898 the Fitzgeralds moved to Buffalo, New York where Edward obtained a job as salesman with Proctor and Gamblen Edward lost his job in 1908 and relocated the family back to St. Paul
Childhood and Schoolingn In 1908, F. Scott joined the St. Paul Academy. n It was here that his love for theater and for writing began to show.n Eventually attended The Newman School in Hackensack, New Jerseyn In 1913 he was accepted to Princeton University where his love for writing flourished
Life After Princetonn In 1917, F. Scott let Princeton and joined the armyn While stationed in Montgomery, Alabama he met Zelda Sayer n A year later they were engaged to be married n Zelda broke it off after a few monthsn After being discharged from the army in 1919, F. Scott moved to New York City where he began working on his first novel
Writing Careern His first full length novel, The Romantic Egoist, was initially rejected n After a number of different revisions it was published as This Side of Paradise in 1920 to great success n The story focused on the trials and tribulations of the early twentieth century youth n The popularity of the novel made him successful nearly overnight n Soon after he married Zelda Sayre
The Great Gatsbyn After a number of successful novels, Fitzgerald traveled to France in 1924 where he wrote one of his most influential novels The Great Gatsby n While there his wife was found to be having an affair with a French navel aviator n Despite the incident, Fitzgerald continued to complete his novel n Despite being critical praised, sales of the novel were disappointing
Life after Gatsbyn The Fitzgeralds remained in France until the end of 1926n From that point on, Zelda s behavior became increasingly eccentricn After attempting to become a professional ballet dancer n Her intense ballet work damages her health and lead to the couples increasing estrangement n Zelda suffered her first breakdown in April of 1930 n She was treated in a clinic in Switzerland until 1931
Life after Gatsbyn The Fitzgeralds returned to America in the fall of 1931n In February of 1932 Zelda suffered a relapse and spent the rest of her life as a resident or outpatient of sanitariums n While at Johns Hopkins, Zelda wrote her own autobiography, Save me the Waltz, which caused further issue with the two due to the fact that she utilized material F. Scott planned to use in his next novel
Fitzgeralds Deathn After a number of failed attempts at Hollywood, numerous issues with alcoholism and depression, F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack in 1940n Zelda Fitzgerald passed away from a fire in Highland Hospital in 1948n Fitzgerald died believing himself a failuren Despite his issues, F. Scott Fitzgeralds literary resurrection began between the years 1945-1950 and by 1960 he had achieved a secure place among America s enduring writers
The Lost Generationn In general, the post-World War I generation n specifically a group of U.S. writers who came of age during the war and established their literary reputations in the 1920s n The term stems from a remark made by Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway, You are all a lost generation. n Hemingway used it as an epigraph to The Sun Also Rises (1926), a novel that captures the attitudes of a hard-drinking, fast-living set of disillusioned young expatriates in postwar Paris.
The Lost Generationn Characteristics of "Lost Generation" Authors: n Youthful idealism n Sought the meaning of life n Drank a lot n Often love affairs n Many of the finest literary masterpieces were written during this period n Rejected modern American materialism n Lived in Paris n Gained prominence in twentieth century literature and created a mold for many future writers