F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />Childhood and Education<br />
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Early Life<br />Born September 24, 1896<br />Born in St. Paul, Minnesota to a upper class Roman Catholic family<br />Father Edward Fitzgerald was a businessman, and his mother Mary was an Irish heiress<br />Attended Princeton University, and wrote for the Princeton Triangle Club<br />
Early Life /cont’d<br /><ul><li>Struggled with grades at Princeton
Couldn’t achieve his dream of playing football due to his height of 5’7”
Befriended writer John Peale and critic Edmund Wilson</li></li></ul><li>F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />War and Romance<br />
Fitzgerald left Princeton to enlist in the military at the start of World War I<br />Became a second lieutenant in the infantry<br />Stationed near Montgomery, Alabama, where Fitzgerald met and fell in love with Zelda Sayre, his eventual wife<br />
After being discharged when the war ended, Fitzgerald tried working business in New York in order to earn Zelda’s hand in marriage.<br />The couple was engaged in 1919, and after Fitzgerald failed to prove he could be a financial provider, Zelda called off the engagement<br />
Fitzgerald returned to his parents house in Minnesota, where he continued working on his first novel<br />This Side of Paradise was published by Charles Scribner on March 26, 1920<br />Zelda and Fitzgerald married later that year in New York City<br />
Born July 1900 in Montgomery Alabama<br />Born the youngest of six children to a judge.<br />Zelda was flamboyant, ambitious, beautiful, and talented since her childhood.<br />Known as, “The first American Flapper”<br />Zelda danced and took ballet throughout her lifetime<br />
<ul><li>Zelda’s promiscuity was well-known, and she had a thrill for capturing attention.
Her marriage to Fitzgerald was fast-paced, and was filled with partying and fun.
Zelda never became domesticated when she had her only daughter, and never took interest in being a mother. “Scottie” was shipped off to relatives and looked after by a nanny.</li></li></ul><li>Zelda published her own novel titled Save Me the Waltz<br />This infuriated Fitzgerald for the novel contained material that he was using for his story Tender Is The Night<br />The novel was overall unsuccessful, only selling 1,392 copies and was harshly criticized<br />
For the remaining years of Zelda’s life, she spent her days in a hospital bed and in and out of sanatoriums.<br />Some of her best artwork was created during her mentally unstable times.<br />Zelda became violent and reclusive, making her hospital stays for longer time periods.<br />
Zelda drifted away from her husband emotionally, for her illness caused much tension in the marriage.<br />After the couple took a trip to Cuba, Scott returned home to America when he was beaten from a cockfight. The couple never saw each other again.<br />Zelda did not attend Fitzgerald’s funeral<br />
She began to work on a new novel, Caesar’s Things, where she returned to Highland Hospital<br />On March 10, 1948 the hospital caught on fire, killing Zelda and nine other women.<br />
The two traveled extravagantly in Europe after they married<br />They moved constantly, living in New York City, France, St. Paul and Montgomery<br />The only child, Frances Scott Fitzgerald was born on October 26, 1921<br />
Fitzgerald wrote short stories for magazines, while writing his novels<br />He wrote for The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s Weekly, and Esquire<br />Fitzgerald also entered the movie industry, selling his rights of publication to Hollywood<br />
Publications<br />Published four novels during lifetime:<br />This Side of Paradise<br />The Beautiful and the Damned<br />Tender Is the Night<br />The Great Gatsby<br />The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously<br />
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda<br />Death, illness, and downfall<br />
After miserably working in Hollywood, Fitzgerald began to obtain debt<br />Zelda’s mental health deteriorated, and was hospitalized for her schizophrenia<br /> Fitzgerald countered these problems with intensified drinking<br />
Fitzgerald suffered two heart attacks in 1940<br />The second heart attack was fatal, causing Fitzgerald’s death on December 21, 1940 in Hollywood, California<br />Fitzgerald was buried with Zelda in Rockville, Maryland<br />
Works Cited<br />"A Brief Life of Fitzgerald." University of South Carolina. 29 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/biography.html>.<br /> "Facts About Fitzgerald." University of South Carolina. 29 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/facts/facts1.html>.<br /> "Fitzgerald." Facts On File Online Databases. Bloom's Literery Reference Online, 31 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <http://fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=&iPin=EAmL1051&SingleRecord=True>.<br />
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