F.Scott Fitzgerald

  • Join the US army (WWI)

    He joined the United States Army during World War I. While stationed in Alabama, he met Zelda Sayre, a Southern debutante who belonged to Montgomery's exclusive country-club set. Although she initially rejected Fitzgerald's marriage proposal due to his lack of financial prospects.
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    First Years

    He attended Princeton University where he befriended future literary critic Edmund Wilson. Owing to a failed romantic relationship with Chicago socialite Ginevra King, he dropped out in 1917 to join the army.
  • Born September 24, 1896

    Born September 24, 1896
    Born into a middle-class family in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald was raised primarily in New York state.
  • 1st success:This Side of Paradise

    1st success:This Side of Paradise
    Written in 1920, the novel became a cultural sensation and cemented his reputation as one of the eminent writers of the decade.
  • 2nd novel: The The Beautiful and Damned

    2nd novel: The The Beautiful and Damned
    His second novel, The Beautiful and Damned (1922), propelled him further into the cultural elite. The novel portrays New York café society and the American Eastern elite during the Jazz Age.[1] As in his other novels, Fitzgerald's characters in this novel are complex, materialistic and experience significant disruptions in respect to classism, marriage, and intimacy.
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    Travels to Europe

    To maintain his affluent lifestyle, he wrote numerous stories for popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Weekly, and Esquire. During this period, Fitzgerald frequented Europe, where he befriended modernist writers and artists of the "Lost Generation" expatriate community, including Ernest Hemingway.
  • 3rd novel: The Great Gatsby

    3rd novel: The Great Gatsby
    His third novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), received generally favorable reviews but was a commercial failure, selling fewer than 23,000 copies in its first year. Despite its lackluster debut, it is now hailed by some literary critics as the "Great American Novel". The novel is set in the Jazz Age on Long Island and depicts first-person narrator Nick Carraway's interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan.
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    Troubles and health problems

    Following the deterioration of his wife's mental health and her placement in a mental institute for schizophrenia, Fitzgerald completed his final novel, Tender Is the Night (1934). Struggling financially because of the declining popularity of his works amid the Great Depression, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood where he embarked upon an unsuccessful career as a screenwriter.
  • Death of a heart attack

    Death of a heart attack
    While living in Hollywood, he cohabited with columnist Sheilah Graham, his final companion before his death. After a long struggle with alcoholism, he attained sobriety only to die of a heart attack in 1940, at 44. His friend Edmund Wilson completed and published an unfinished fifth novel, The Last Tycoon (1941), after Fitzgerald's death.