Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald


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

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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

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