F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genius is the ability to put in effect what is on your mind.

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-1926 Silent Film Trailer of the Great Gatsby-

1926 - The Great Gatsby - LOST FILM - F. Scott Fitzgerald | Herbert Brenon - Trailer

-A Lost Film-

During 1926 an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby was produced. It was a play adaptation of the book and Fitzgerald sold the rights of the movie to hollywood for 16,666.00 dollars. This amount of money back than was 219,125.85 to us because of inflation. The definition of a lost film is when a movie is not kept in any studio archives, in private collections, or in public archives. When silent films were being made not many were kept. More silent films were lost than saved than when movies became color in the 30's through the 50's over half of them were lost. All current movies are kept and stored in archives and will not be lost.

-Fitzgeralds impact on American culture-

He named the 1920's The Jazz Age. He showed in his literature what the 1920's were like and how the parties were so extravagant. He shaped our image of the 1920's and what we think about those times. He captured the age and put them into books for us to read in the future. After the collapse in 1929 when his wife started to go crazy and have mental breakdowns his books became more mature and about regret. At this point he could only write when sober but his wife, being psychotic would get him to drink to keep him from continuing his books. He also showed what it was like when the crash happened and what happened when people went bankrupt just like that. He wrote about the ups and downs of the 1920's.

-Life & Career-

When Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 he was named after his ancestor Francis Scott Key who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner". In 1912 when Fitzgerald attended Newman high school, a catholic school he met Father Sigourney Fay who noticed Fitzgeralds exceptional writing talent and pushed him to pursue his ambitious goals. At Princeton he met a good friend named Edmund Wilson who later compiled the rest of The Last Tycoon to be published after his death. When F. Scott Fitzgerald flunked out of Princeton he went to join the U.S. military. He was scared he would go and leave his literary dreams unaccomplished so he quickly wrote The Romantic Egotist which was declined by the publishing company but later in life Fitzgerald used the writing and put it into his book called This Side of Paradise. While stationed outside of Montgomery Alabama he met Zelda Sayre and he fell in love with her. The war ended in 1918 before Fitzgerald was ever deployed so he tried to convince Zelda to marry him. They than got engaged but Zelda broke off the relationship because she realized that he would not be able to support her. He then moved back to live with his parents and wrote This Side of Paradise. The book was a success and his income could meet Zelda's needs. They than resumed their relationship and got married in St. Patricks Cathedral in New York. He would go to Paris a lot in the 20's and befriended Earnest Hemingway who disliked Zelda and said that she was unstable and would encourage Fitzgeralds drinking problem to keep him from writing. Around 1929 because of his Financial issues he started drinking a lot again messing with his career. Then in 1930 his wife was struck with a mental disability called Schizophrenia where you are confused about what is reality. He than went to write a book about what was happening and called it Tender is the Night and his wife wrote a book called Save Me the Waltz and it was about their life in Europe in which the stories were not all true and Fitzgerald got very angry because of this. As this happened his drinking problems became worse and worse until people started saying he was becoming a nuisance. He started getting better and worked on short stories and scripts but once again his drinking issues and the problems with Zelda health resurfaced. His heavy drinking soon led to a Heart Attack at the age of 44 on December 21, 1940.

-Picture of Zelda Sayre at the age of 18 when she met F. Scott Fitzgerald-

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-Modern Day F. Scott Fitzgerald-

-Jordan Belfort-

Jordan Belfort is a lot like F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is because Jordan Belfort wrote about the 1990's and showed what it was like to be a rich on wall street. He made huge extravagant purchases just like people in the 20's would do. F. Scott Fitzgerald was also a very heavy drinker and Belfort was a big drug abuser, because drugs became popularly used and abused in the 30's. They both talked about extravagant parties and young love tragedy type stories. They both captured the time of their era and expressed it through a book. In Jordan Belfort's book The Wolf Of Wall Street was based on a true story and captured the time, Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby was not based on a true story but the main character was a lot like him. These two books I think are very similar in the fact that they express the time the two men wanted to express.