F. Scott Fitzgerald

Early life

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald was born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald.
  • He was born on September 24, 1896, in ST. Paul, Minnesota.
  • He is related to Francis Scott Key who wrote the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner.”
  • He went to St. Paul Academy.
  • He graduated from the “Newman School.”
  • In 1917, he dropped out of school and joined the U.S. Army.
  • He was commissioned to a Second Lieutenant in the infantry and was assigned to a camp named “Camp Sheridan” in Montgomery, Alabama, where there he fell in love with 18 year old, Zelda Sayre.
  • When the war ended Fitzgerald moved to New York City to make a career in advertising lucrative, enough to get Zelda to marry him.

Mid-life


  • Fitzgerald and Zelda had a daughter, Frances Scott “Scottie” Fitzgerald.
  • Married to Zelda Sayre.
  • Fitzgerald began writing many pieces through this time in his life due to war and his family.
  • Zelda was an american novelist.
  • During the growing years of the Fitzgerald family Zelda realized that Francis's income wouldn't be able to provide enough money alone to feed his family.
  • Zelda then became a novelist as well so she could fulfill her dream.
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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby was written in 1925, a story about love and greed. The story follows a young millionaire by the name of Jay Gatsby and his conquest to reunite with his long lost wife Daisy Buchanan. After not writing his lover back during the war (after single handedly taking the germans and ending the war) Daisy is married to a wealthy man, upon finding this information Jay buys the house across the lake from Daisy and throws substantially large parties every weekend, all not hosted.. Or so everyone thought. Until one night when Jay invites Nick Carraway a former writer and world war 1 veteran to his house. Frantically Nick tried to find his host to thank him. (Nick is the only one to ever receive an invitation from the mysterious Gatsby.) After bumping into Jay, Nick and him set up a time to collaborate with each other. The next day when Nick and Jay get together Jay learns that Daisy is Nick's cousin, Jay begs Nick to set a date up for him and Daisy. A week goes by, and then Daisy was finally sent to Nicks, upon arrival she discovered her past lover wasn't a ghost back from the dead. That day, Nick is sent with Tom Buchanan (Daisy's husband) to the mechanic's garage, which just so happens to be the husband of the girl that Tom cheats on Daisy with. This causes Nick to change his opinion about Tom and to help Jay. After Tom finds out about Jay and Daisy coming back together Tom decides to take things into his own matters.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was a story that Fitzgerald had made in 1922. However, David Fincher (Movie Director) made a movie about the short story in 2008.

Ø The film was released on December 25, 2008.

Ø The film won 13 Academy Award nominations (Best films made).

Fitzgerald's final years

After creating the master piece of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald's career started to crumble of course being the heavy alcoholic that he was didn't seem to make it the slightest easier on him. He steadily started to get into alcohol at a relatively young age. His wife Zelda as well suffered from mental issues. In the 1920's the couple spent the decade moving back and fourth from France to Delaware. In 1930 his wife Zelda suffered another breakdown and was admitted into a mental health institute called Sheppard Pratt hospital in Towson Maryland. Then later that year she was admitted to yet another mental institute in Switzerland, two years later was admitted a third time to Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. In 1937 after years of alcohol abuse and depression, Francis decided to try to rehabilitate his career by writing screen plays. Died December 21, 1940. F. Scott Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack at Sheilah Graham's Hollywood, California apartment. He is buried in Rockville, Maryland, where his father was born.
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