Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24,the namesake and second cousin three times removed of the author of the National Anthem. His father, Edward, was from Maryland, with an allegiance to the Old South and its values. Edward Fitzgerald failed as a manufacturer of wicker furniture in St.
Zelda Sayre in Fitzgerald was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry and assigned to Camp Sheridan outside of Montgomery, Alabama. Sayre and the "golden girl", in Fitzgerald's terms, of Montgomery society. The war ended inbefore Fitzgerald was ever deployed.
Upon his discharge he moved to New York City hoping to launch a career in advertising that would be lucrative enough to persuade Zelda to marry him. He worked for the Barron Collier advertising agency, living in a single room at Claremont Avenue in the Morningside Heights neighborhood on Manhattan's west side.
Zelda accepted his marriage proposal, but after some time and despite working at an advertising firm and writing short stories, he was unable to convince her that he would be able to support her, leading her to break off the engagement. Paul, to revise The Romantic Egotist, recast as This Side of Paradisea semi-autobiographical account of Fitzgerald's undergraduate years at Princeton.
They resumed their engagement and were married at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. Scott Fitzgerald in Paris in the s proved the most influential decade of Fitzgerald's development.
Fitzgerald made several excursions to Europe, mostly Paris and the French Rivieraand became friends with many members of the American expatriate community in Paris, notably Ernest Hemingway. Fitzgerald's friendship with Hemingway was quite effusive, as many of Fitzgerald's relationships would prove to be.
Hemingway did not get on well with Zelda, however, and in addition to describing her as "insane" in his memoir A Moveable Feast Hemingway claimed that Zelda "encouraged her husband to drink so as to distract Fitzgerald from his work on his novel",   so he could work on the short stories he sold to magazines to help support their lifestyle.
Like most professional authors at the time, Fitzgerald supplemented his income by writing short stories for such magazines as The Saturday Evening PostCollier's Weeklyand Esquireand sold his stories and novels to Hollywood studios.
This "whoring", as Fitzgerald and, subsequently, Hemingway called these sales,  was a sore point in the two authors' friendship. Fitzgerald claimed that he would first write his stories in an 'authentic' manner, then rewrite them to put in the "twists that made them into salable magazine stories.
This issue from May 1,containing the short story " Bernice Bobs Her Hair ", was the first with Fitzgerald's name on the cover. Although Fitzgerald's passion lay in writing novels, only his first novel sold well enough to support the opulent lifestyle that he and Zelda adopted as New York celebrities.
The Great Gatsby, now considered to be his masterpiece, did not become popular until after Fitzgerald's death. Because of this lifestyle, as well as the bills from Zelda's medical care when they came, Fitzgerald was constantly in financial trouble and often required loans from his literary agent, Harold Oberand his editor at Scribner's, Maxwell Perkins.
When Ober decided not to continue advancing money to Fitzgerald, the author severed ties with his longtime friend and agent. Fitzgerald offered a good-hearted and apologetic tribute to this support in the late short story "Financing Finnegan". Fitzgerald began working on his fourth novel during the late s but was sidetracked by financial difficulties that necessitated his writing commercial short stories, and by the schizophrenia that struck Zelda in Her emotional health remained fragile for the rest of her life.
The book went through many versions, the first of which was to be a story of matricide.F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald's life is a tragic example of both sides of the American Dream - the joys of .
A Brief Life of Fitzgerald The dominant influences on F. Scott Fitzgerald were aspiration, literature, Princeton, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, , the namesake and second cousin three times removed of the author of the National Anthem. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was a Jazz Age novelist and short story writer who is considered to be among the greatest twentieth-century American writers.
Born on September 24, , he was the only son of an aristocratic father and a provincial, working-class mother. He was the product of two. "There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F.
Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby" ().
Much of Fitzgerald's income would now be dedicated to keeping his wife in mental hospitals.
Emotionally and creatively wrung out, he wrote "Tender is The Night" (), the story of Dick Diver and his schizophrenic wife . F. Scott Fitzgerald once said it would be impossible to write a good biography of a writer simply because he is too many people.
This is certainly the impression one gets of Scottie. Undaunted, Eleanor Lanahan successfully perseveres through more than pages, documenting her multitalented, flawed, paradoxical mother.