Sunday, May 16, 2010

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 24, 1896. As a young man he went to St. Paul academy where he wrote his first story, which was a detective story in the school newspaper. In 1913 he attended Princeton University where he wrote for the Princeton Triangle Club. Since Fitzgerald could not attend college because of financial purposes he dropped out and joined the army in 1917.
While he was assigned in at base in the army, Fitzgerald fell in love with eighteen year old Zelda Sayre who was the daughter of Alabama's Supreme Court judge. As time passed by, he tried to write novels, but they were rejected by the editors. Soon, he had quite the army and his relationship between him and Zelda was falling apart. After he quite, he wrote the Novel The Side of Paradise.
He started to write more novels, and magazine articles and became a very wealthy man. After he published The Side of Paradise, he married Zelda a week latter. They both lived an extravagant life as young celebrities. As time went by both of them became hard-core alcoholics. The moved a couple time to U.S. and back to Europe until they finally settled in the west. There, Fitzgerald worked in Hollywood.
On December 21, 1940, Fitzgerald died from a heart attack. Zelda had perished at a fire at a hospital in 1948. Fitzgerald is mostly known for his book, The Great Gatsby and is known as one of the best writers in the Jazz Age.