F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Life

  • The Birth of Francis Fitzgerald

    The Birth of Francis Fitzgerald
    Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was born to parents, Edward and Molly Fitzgerald in building 481, on the second floor.
  • Fitzgerald Joined the Army.

    Fitzgerald Joined the Army.
    Fitzgerald was put on academic probation due to his failure in school. This motivated him to join the military. After he joined the army, he wrote, “The Romantic Egotist.”
  • Fitzgerald Met His First Love

    Fitzgerald Met His First Love
    Fitzgerald was stationed at Montgomery, Alabama. This is where he met Zelda Sayer, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court Judge.
  • Fitzgerald Quit His Job

    Fitzgerald returned to St. Paul to rewrite his novel and made it, “This Side of Paradise.” This novel is set in Princeton and it’s about the life of Amory Blaine.
  • Fitzgerald Became an Official Writer

    Fitzgerald Became an Official Writer
    Near the end of 1919, Fitzgerald became an official writer for the mass circulation magazines. A magazine that he was a writer in, was the Saturday Evening Post.
  • Fitzgerald Gets Married

    Fitzgerald Gets Married
    A week after, “This Side of Paradise” was published, Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre got married in New York.
  • Fitzgerald Wrote his Second Book

    After he moved to New York with his wife, Fitzgerald wrote his second novel called, “The Beautiful and Damned.” This novel is about the New York Cafe during the Jazz age.
  • Fitzgerald Became a Father

    Fitzgerald Became a Father
    A year after their marriage, Zelda Fitzgerald became pregnant which made them move back to St. Paul. There, Zelda gave birth to their only child, Francis Scott.
  • Fitzgerald’s Play “The Vegetable”

    Fitzgerald moved to Great Neck Long Island in order to be near Broadway for his play. But, his play failed at its tryout so, he wrote short stories to get out of debt.
  • The Fitzgeralds Moved to France.

    This is where, “The Great Gatsby” was written. This took a couple years to revise and was finally published.
  • Zelda Fitzgerald’s First Breakdown

    Zelda suffered with her first breakdown and was treated at Pragins Clinic in Switzerland until September 1931. During this time, Fitzgerald wrote short stories to pay for Zelda’s treatment.
  • Fitzgerald Completed his Fourth Novel

    Fitzgerald Completed his Fourth Novel
    He completed his fourth novel, “Tender Is The Night,” which examines the deterioration of the marriage between an American psychiatrist and a rich patient. This novel resembled Zelda and Fitzgerald’s relationship, during this time.
  • The Crack-Up Years

    The period between 1936 - 1937 was called the “crack-up years” because of Fitzgerald’s alcoholism and his inability to write stories. This made him send Scottie to boarding school at the age of 14.
  • Fitzgerald Moved to Hollywood

    Fitzgerald worked as a screen writer for MGM during the summer of 1937. In 1938, he began to work as a freelance script writer for Esquire.
  • Fitzgerald Died

    Fitzgerald Died
    He died from a heart attack on December 21, 1940. Fitzgerald died thinking that he was a failure and his alcoholism increased his inability to publish novels.