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  1. 1. The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />By Alyssa Nilsson <br />And Sam Cleary<br />
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  3. 3. F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />Childhood and Education<br />
  4. 4. 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 />
  5. 5. Early Life /cont’d<br /><ul><li>Struggled with grades at Princeton
  6. 6. Couldn’t achieve his dream of playing football due to his height of 5’7”
  7. 7. Fell in love with a debutante Ginevra King
  8. 8. Began to party and began his alcoholism that would be present throughout his entire life.
  9. 9. Continued to write plays and literature
  10. 10. Befriended writer John Peale and critic Edmund Wilson</li></li></ul><li>F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />War and Romance<br />
  11. 11. 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 />
  12. 12. 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 />
  13. 13. 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 />
  14. 14. Zelda Sayer Fitzgerald<br />
  15. 15. 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 />
  16. 16. <ul><li>Zelda’s promiscuity was well-known, and she had a thrill for capturing attention.
  17. 17. Her marriage to Fitzgerald was fast-paced, and was filled with partying and fun.
  18. 18. 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 />
  19. 19. 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 />
  20. 20. 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 />
  21. 21. 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 />
  22. 22. Zelda’s artwork<br />
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  24. 24. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda<br />The marriage and mid-life<br />
  25. 25. The Happy Couple<br />
  26. 26. 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 />
  27. 27. The Happy Family<br />
  28. 28. 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 />
  29. 29. 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 />
  30. 30. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda<br />Death, illness, and downfall<br />
  31. 31. 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 />
  32. 32. 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 />
  33. 33. Commentary<br /><br />
  34. 34. Works Cited<br />"A Brief Life of Fitzgerald." University of South Carolina. 29 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <>.<br /> "Facts About Fitzgerald." University of South Carolina. 29 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <>.<br /> "Fitzgerald." Facts On File Online Databases. Bloom's Literery Reference Online, 31 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <>.<br />