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Fitzgerald notes

  1. 1. F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940
  2. 2. <ul><li>Born in St. Paul, Minnesota. </li></ul><ul><li>Named after Francis Scott Key, the author of the national anthem and a distant relative of Fitzgerald’s mother. </li></ul><ul><li>Family a mixture of old money on his mother’s side and working class on his father’s. </li></ul><ul><li>1911-1912 Attended a prep school in New Jersey. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>1913 - Entered Princeton University. </li></ul><ul><li>1917 - Dropped out to enlist in the Army during WW1. </li></ul><ul><li>The war ended before he was shipped out. </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote a novel The Romantic Egoist, but was rejected by publishers. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>While stationed in Alabama, he met Zelda Sayre. </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda, a southern debutante from a wealthy family; father a senator, grandfather a judge . </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda would not marry Fitzgerald unless he showed promise of making some money. </li></ul>Zelda Syre 1900-1948
  5. 5. <ul><li>Published his first novel, This Side of Paradise. </li></ul><ul><li>Married Zelda when the novel was sold to Hollywood. </li></ul>Scott and Zelda in front of their house.
  6. 6. <ul><li>The couple becomes the epitome of the Roaring Twenties: women get the right to vote, prohibition, women’s fashions change, women start attending college. </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda is considered the original “Flapper.” </li></ul><ul><li>They have wild parties, are thrown out of speakeasies and respectable clubs. </li></ul><ul><li>1921 - Zelda has a baby girl, Scottie. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The family moves to Paris, joining the group of American expatriate writers dubbed “The Lost Generation” by Gertrude Stein. </li></ul><ul><li>1925 - The Great Gatsby published. </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald and Hemingway become close. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Zelda a bit mad. Decides to be a ballerina in her thirties; takes up writing and dancing. </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda publishes Save Me The Waltz. </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda diagnosed schizophrenic and is placed in a sanitorium in Switzerland. </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald can’t visit but sends her flowers daily. </li></ul>Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.
  9. 9. <ul><li>1935 - Publishes Tender is the Night. </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda is in and out of mental institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald publishes short stories and works in Hollywood on screenplays. </li></ul><ul><li>Dies in 1940 of a heart attack. </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda dies in 1948 in a fire in a mental institution. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Fitzgerald said: The mark of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Flappers

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