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A biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a focus on The Great Gatsby.

A biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a focus on The Great Gatsby.

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  • 1. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
    By Sara J. Dagen
    February 20, 2008
  • 2. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 3. His dominant influences:
    Aspiration, literature, Princeton, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol.
  • 4. Childhood
    Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896.
    He grew up with middle-class parents who overextended themselves financially.
    He published fiction in his high school’s magazine.
    He attended Princeton University, where he published fiction and wrote musical comedies.
  • 5. Armed Forces
    Fitzgerald joined the Army after Princeton.
    While he was in the Service, he wrote and published his first short story.
    He also fell in love with Zelda Sayre, a young Southern belle who refused to marry him until he could prove that he could support her financially.
  • 6. This Side of Paradise
    His first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), portrayed undergraduate life at Princeton.
    Its success was enough to convince Zelda that he could be successful.
    In fact, the novel’s subject and success established Fitzgerald as the “golden boy” of the Jazz Age; his writing epitomized the spirit of the time.
  • 7. Extravagant living
    The married Fitzgeralds became a part of the wealthy, extravagant society that characterized the Roaring ‘20s.
    They spent time both in New York and Europe, mingling with celebrities, attending parties, and spending money recklessly.
  • 8. Fitzgerald’s decline
    His decline of his personal and artistic life coincided with the end of the 1920s.
    His reputation as a writer declined, and Fitzgerald was forced to write “hack work” to make money to support his lifestyle.
    His addiction to alcohol increased.
    Zelda was rumored to be having an affair in Europe.
  • 9. Zelda’s decline
    Later, Zelda suffered several nervous breakdowns.
    She was eventually institutionalized with schizophrenia.
    She died in a fire in the hospital in 1938.
  • 10. Fitzgerald’s demise
    After attempting to regain his voice in literature through short stories, novels, and film writing, Fitzgerald died of a heart attack at age 44.
  • 11. Credentials
    Despite his sad ending, Fitzgerald is best known as the leading writer of the Jazz Age.
    He was able to both live the life of the Roaring Twenties and write as a detached observer of it.
  • 12. Titles
    His works include:
    This Side of Paradise
    The Great Gatsby
    The Beautiful and the Damned
    Tender is the Night
    The Last Tycoon (unfinished)
    Four volumes of short stories and a selection of autobiographical pieces.