F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “ Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind”. F.
Scott Fitzgerald born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota. Fitzgerald was an American
short-story writer,famous novelist, whom was also known for his wild personality!
Fitzgerald was the only son of an unsuccessful, aristocratic father and an energetic,
provincial mother. Fitzgerald thought of himself as the heir of his father tradition, which includes
the author of the “ the Star-Spangled Banner “ Francis Scott Key whom he was named after.
Fitzgerald had an intensely romantic imagination, which he called “ a heightened sensitivity to
the promises of life”. Fitzgerald charged into experience determined to realize those promises.
Fitzgerald attended both St.paul Academy and Newman School from 1908–1913. While
attending both schools Fitzgerald found himself in a place where he was trying too hard and
made himself very unpopular! Once Fitzgerald arrived at Princeton he came close to realizing
his dream of a brilliant success. He became a prominent figure in the literary life of the university
and made lifelong friendships with Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop. He became a
leading figure in the socially important Triangle Club, a dramatic society, and was elected to one
of the leading clubs of the university; he fell in love with Ginevra King, one of the most beautiful
girls her generation
Once he lost Ginevra he went on to flunked out of Princeton. Fitzgerald returned to
Princeton the next fall, but unfortunately he lost all the positions he coveted. So In 1917 around
November Fitzgerald left and decided to join the army. In july 1918 Fitzgerald while stationed in
Montgomery, Alabama he met Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge.
They fell deeply in love, and, as soon as he could, Fitzgerald headed for New York determined
for instant success and to marry his new love Zelda.
Fitzgerald landed an advertising job at $90 a month. Some event lead to another and, Zelda
broke their engagement off, After an epic drunken event. Fitzgerald went to St. Paul to rewrite a
novel. A novel he had begun at Princeton for the second time. In the spring of 1920 “ this side of
paradise “ was published. Fitzgerald went on to marry Zelda. This fame opened him to
magazines of literary prestige, such as,” Scribner’s” , and high-paying popular ones, such as “the
Saturday evening post “. Suddenly all this new frame made it possible for him and Zelda to play
the roles they were so evidently born for. They were called the prince and princess of their
Fitzgerald second book “ the beautiful and Damned”, describes handsome young man and
his beautiful wife, who gradually degenerate into a shopworn middle age while they wait for the
young man to inherit a large fortune. Ironically, they finally get it, when there is nothing of them
left worth preserving to escape the life that they feared might bring them to their end.
Shortly after their arrival in France, Fitzgerald completed his most brilliant novel. The Great
Gatsby in 1925. All of his divided nature is in this novel, the naive Midwesterner afire with the
possibilities of the “American Dream” in its hero, Jay Gatsby, and the compassionate Yale
gentleman in its narrator, Nick Carraway. The Great Gatsby is probably one of the most
profoundly American novel of its time. Fitzgerald connects Gatsby’s dream, his “Platonic
conception of himself,” with the dream of the discoverers of America.
Some of Fitzgerald’s finest short stories appeared in All the Sad Young Men 1926,
particularly “The Rich Boy” and “Absolution,” but it was not until eight years later that another
novel appeared. Fitzgerald died of a heart attack at the age of 44. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a
romantic, a partier , and even at times he thought as himself as a failure, even a writer who
never fulfilled his early promises. I view F.Scott Fitzgerald as a absolutely brilliant man driven by
lust and desire who never found the one thing to make him feel Satisfied.