F. Scott Fitzgerald

By Eleanor Martin

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota. Fitzgerald had four other siblings and his parents were Edward and Mary Fitzgerald. He attended St. Paul academy, and went on the Princeton. When he was at Princeton he wrote stories and musicals. However in 1917 Fitzgerald left Princeton early and did not graduate. With his first novel This Side of Paradise Fitzgerald was noticed and although it was not as well written as his later works it earned him fame. His popularity was increased as he published The Beautiful and the Damned, Flappers and Philosophers, and The tales of the Jazz Age. F. Scott Fitzgerald published more books and short stories in his lifetime after that. Some say that because of Fitzgerald's early success as an author lead to his alcoholism and metal breakdowns of his wife Zelda. He wrote about his mental and physical wreck in his essay The Crack-Up. He died in 1940, after spending a few years writing scripts in Hollywood.

"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Current Writers

J. K. Rowling published her book, Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone when she was just 32 years old. Like Rowling, Fitzgerald published his first book when he was 23. Both books were very successful, the two authors also went on to become well known authors. Another similarity between the two authors is the fact that at least one of their books have been turned into a movie. Rowling has turned the seven Harry Potter books into eight different movies, and Fitzgerald works have been turned into six movies.

"I am too much a moralist at heart, and really want to preach at people in some acceptable form, rather than entertain them." -F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is one of Fitzgerald's most popular books. Although it was not a huge success in his time, it became a very popular book after his death. The book was published in 1925 and New York.http://shmoop.com/video/the-great-gatsby-summary/

Here is a short clip summarizing the Great Gatsby Story.

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Contribution To Today

Fitzgerald's books are still read today, in his time he wasn't considered an amazing writer at the time he is now a well known. Today his books have been turned into movies and many people recognize the name F. Scott Fitzgerald. His books are read by many and show us what life was like for the wealthy in the 1920s.

"By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future." -Zelda Fitzgerald

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Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald was also a writer in the 1900s, she met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a party. When he proposed to her she broke off the engagement, because she felt to much pressure and she needed F. Scott to become successful before they got married. A week after he published his first book they married. She had one child at the age of 21. Zelda wanted to become a ballerina, however after three years of eight hour practices everyday she had a mental breakdown. In 1930 she was diagnosed with nervous exhaustion. As her condition got worse she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and lived in the hospital for the rest of her life.

Popular Books by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • This Side of Paradise
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Tender is the Night
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Last Tycoon
  • Flappers and Philosophers