Childhood• Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born to Mary McQuillan and Edward Fitzgerald on the 24th of September, 1896, in St. Paul Minnesota, and raised alongside his younger sister, Annabel.• Through most of Francis’s childhood, Edward was unemployed, but coming from a rich Irish ancestry, the household was able to live comfortably off of the McQuillan family fortune.
Education✤ In 1908, Fitzgerald began school at St. Paul Academy, and he was recognized literary talents. After three years in St. Paul, he withdrew with poor grades and entered a Catholic boarding school in Hackensack, New Jersey. However, he continued to fail.✤ In 1913, Fitzgerald entered Princeton University, but in 1917 he left without a degree. His reasons for going to Princeton did not involve a desire for higher education, he knew that he was an awful student. Instead, he went for the drama and writing clubs.
FAMILY LIFEWhile on academic probation, and with the unlikelihood ofgraduation, Fitzgerald joined the army in 1917.When World War I ended, he was discharged from the militaryin 1919 and went to live in New York City in order to seek fortuneand marry.In the advertising business, Fitzgerald’s salary was very small; toosmall to satisfy his ﬁancée, Zelda Sayre, into marriage. Sheexplained that in order for him to have her hand, he must besuccessful.
FAMILY LIFEWhen his rewritten novel, This Side ofParadise , was published, it madeFitzgerald famous almost overnight. Aweek after publication, Zelda Sayre and F.Scott Fitzgerald married. After about two years of marriage thecouple had a daughter, nicknamed“Scottie.”In 1929 Zelda went through a mentalbreakdown after injuring herself in ballet.She was institutionalized, and thisestranged the couple.
Death and Success• In debt in Zelda’s medical bills, Fitzgerald had not much of a choice other than to work hard and sell. As a depressed man, he became an alcoholic.• In the late 1930’s he got a job writing screenplays for MGM, which gave him enough wealth to pay oﬀ his debts.• Fitzgerald died of a heart attack while working on his ﬁnal and unﬁnished novel, The Last Tycoon, at the age of forty-four. Fitzgerald passed with a personal outlook of himself as a failure.• However, long after his death, by the 1960’s, his spirit had achieved a secure position amongst the inﬂuential American writers.
Inﬂuences As an admirer for the arts, and it is rumored that his bestseller, The Great Gatsby, was written after being inspired by Charels Scribner’s painting called “Celestial Eyes.” Theater was his inspiration since his college days. His wife had inﬂuenced him to pursue is career, and he based many of his characters oﬀ of his wife and daughter.
ThemesMajor themes in Fitzgerald’s literature dealt withloss or ﬁckleness in the American character.The characters in his writing may have beendiﬀerent in outward appearance, but they were allintended to be autobiographical to himself.
Bestseller THE GREAT GATSBY WAS PUBLISHED IN 1925, BUT WAS NOT A HIT UNTIL THE 1960’S. JAY GATSBY IS THE MAN WHO TRIES TO BUY LOVE AND HAPPINESS WITH WEALTH, BUT THE STORY ENDS IN TRAGEDY.
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