F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In History
  • birth

    He was named after a distant relative; Francis Scott Key, the author of the National Anthem.
  • st. Paul academy

    After his father is let go from his sales job in New York, the family moved back to St. Paul Minnesota to live off his mother's inheritance. There, Fitzgerald attended St. Paul Academy, where his first writing appeared in print in the school's newspaper.
  • The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage

    This was the date of his first ever publication "The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage".
  • newman school

    In 1911, Fitzgerald started attending the Newman School, a Catholic prep school in New Jersey. There he was encouraged by Father Sigourney Fay to continue his writing career. Fitzgerald graduated from school in 1913.
  • princeton

    attends Princeton. he would later be suspended for neglecting his academics
  • joined the army

    Fitzgerald, knowing that he was unlikely going to graduate, he enlisted in the Army. it was during this time he wrote "The Romantic Egoist"
  • begins writing professionally

    Fitzgerald puts his career in novel writing on hold to write stories for magazines
  • this side of paradise

    this side of paradise
    his first major novel is published, and he's launched into success
  • Flappers & Philosophers

    Flappers & Philosophers
    Fitzgerald's collection of short stories entitled "Flappers & Philosophers" is published.
  • Broadway

    In Fall of 1922 the Fitzgeralds moved to New York to be closer to Broadway to help Fitzgerald's new career as a playwright. His new career was unsuccessful and he had to write short stories to support his family.
  • The Beautiful and the Damned

    The Beautiful and the Damned
    This book is highly inspired by his marriage to Zelda and many of the events in the novel are representations of real life occurrences.
  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby
    though the novel was not initially a commercial success, he had deals for a movie and play adaptations.
  • Tender is the Night

    F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes his fourth novel, "Tender is the Night". It is considered to be his most ambitious novel, but it was a commercial failure.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    In Summer of 1937 Fitzgerald attempts to be a screenwriter for MGM in Hollywood, California. He is at first successful with his screen adaptation of The Three Comrades in 1938, the movie studio asks to renew his contract for another year, but then is let go in 1938.
  • The Love of the Last Tycoon

    In 1939, in California he begins work on another novel "The Love of the Last Tycoon".
  • death

    On December 21, 1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack while half way through his last novel. He died thinking he was a complete failure. Most obituaries written about him were condescending and said that he was destined to not be remembered in literature. Five years later his novel "The Great Gatsby" was considered by critics to define the American Novel.