F. Scott Fitzgerald

By: Rachel Fenimore

A Brief Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 24, 1986. His name came from his second cousin, Francis Scott Key, who wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner”. Fitzgerald was a very bright child who had a love for novels and creating them. His first piece of work was created at the age of 13 while attending St. Paul Academy. After graduating in the year of 1913, he attended Princeton to continue learning and exploring the art of writing. In 1917, he was forced onto probation from school to join the U.S. Army in World War I. With the fear of dying in war without fulfilling his dreams of becoming a writer, he finished writing The Romantic Egotist shortly before he was drawn into war.

After the war, Fitzgerald continued to write many novels such as The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night, and Taps at Reveille. He married Zelda Sayre in New York a week after he had published This Side of Paradise (1920) as proof to her family that he could support her. In 1924, the moved to France along with their daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald, who was born in 1921. In 1925, his most popular novel, known as The Great Gatsby, was published. Fitzgerald was guilty of illegally drinking alcohol in excessive amount (as many were at this time because of prohibition), this causing him to lose many years of work and nearly ruin his career. On December 21, 1940 at the age of 44, he died of a heart attack while in the works of finishing his novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby was Fitzgerald's most popular piece of work. Originally the novel was not as popular as his earlier work, yet now it is considered a classic that many highschoolers are required to read in order to learn about the 1920's. Known as the Roaring Twenties, the Wild Age, The Great Celebration, and as Fitzgerald described it "the greatest, gaudiest spree in history", The Great Gatsby portrays this time at it's very best including romance and the search for the American Dream. The latest version of The Great Gatsby was the 2013 movie version starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Impacts Caused by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald impacted the 1920's by putting the time down in words. He recorded what it was like during the Roaring Twenties, and made it possible for future generations to see how life and love were imagined in those days. Fitzgerald is remembered for understanding the era of his time.
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Video Questions

1.) At what age did Fitzgerald write his first piece of work?

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