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F. Scott Fitzgerald

  1. 1. F. Scott Fitzgerald by Rebekah HovelsonThursday, May 12, 2011
  2. 2. 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.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  3. 3. 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.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  4. 4. FAMILY LIFE While on academic probation, and with the unlikelihood of graduation, Fitzgerald joined the army in 1917. When World War I ended, he was discharged from the military in 1919 and went to live in New York City in order to seek fortune and marry. In the advertising business, Fitzgerald’s salary was very small; too small to satisfy his fiancée, Zelda Sayre, into marriage. She explained that in order for him to have her hand, he must be successful.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  5. 5. FAMILY LIFE When his rewritten novel, This Side of Paradise , was published, it made Fitzgerald famous almost overnight. A week after publication, Zelda Sayre and F. Scott Fitzgerald married. After about two years of marriage the couple had a daughter, nicknamed “Scottie.” In 1929 Zelda went through a mental breakdown after injuring herself in ballet. She was institutionalized, and this estranged the couple.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  6. 6. 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.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  7. 7. 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.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  8. 8. Themes Major themes in Fitzgerald’s literature dealt with loss or fickleness in the American character. The characters in his writing may have been different in outward appearance, but they were all intended to be autobiographical to himself.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  9. 9. Popular WorksThursday, May 12, 2011
  11. 11. Bibliography: Content Brucolli, Matthew “A Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald.” The Great Gatsby. Vol 1. Ed. Eleanor Lanahan. New York. Simon & Schuster, 1995. 1-5. Hermanson, Casie “The Great Gatsby.” Novels for Students. Vol. 2. Ed. Diane Telgen. Detroit: Gale, 1997. 64-86. Magnum, Bryant “F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Notable American Novelists. Vol 1. Ed. Carl Rollyson. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2000. 365-377. Rosenblum, Joseph “F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Great American Writers. Vol. 4. Ed. R.Baird Shuman. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2002. 515-538.Thursday, May 12, 2011
  12. 12. Bibliography: Images DefinitiveTouch. "F. Scott Fitzgerald: An American Icon." Definitive Touch - Mens Contemporary Style. Every Guyed Network. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://>. Hilton, Gregory. "The Timeless Message of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” by Gregory Hilton | The DC World Affairs Blog." The DC World Affairs Blog | This Blog Is Focused on Students in the National Security Studies Program, the DC Diplomatic Community, and Anyone Else Who Has Assisted My Course, "The United States in World Affairs.". DC World Affairs, 24 Apr. 2009. Web. 12 May 2011. < gatsby-and-f-scott-fitzgeralds-grave/>. "The American Novel . Literary Timeline . Authors . F. Scott Fitzgerald | PBS." PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. PBS. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://>. Churchwell, Sarah. "Babylon Revisited: When the Money Runs out - Telegraph." - Telegraph Online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph - Telegraph. The Telegraph, 28 Jan. 2011. Web. 12 May 2011. < out.html>. "Courting the Classics: This Side of Paradise | Fictionista Workshop." Fictionista Workshop | The Online Community For Your Creative Fiction. Web. 12 May 2011. <>. "Cover Candy: F. Scott Fitzgerald Editions." Attic Salt: A Literary Blog. Web. 12 May 2011. < fitzgerald-editions.html>.Thursday, May 12, 2011