Friday, May 14, 2010

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. When Fitzgerald was twelve years old he attended the St. Paul Academy. When he was thirteen he wrote his first story which was a detective story in the school newspaper. After a few years Fitzgerald then went to the Newman School which is a Catholic prep school in New Jersey during 1911-1913. Since he was unlikely to graduate he joined the army in 1917 where he became a second lieutenant in the infantry. He wrote the novel, "The Romantic Egoist" because he thought he was going to die in the war. Fitzgerald fell in love with someone but because he was obsessed with succeeding his lover broke their engangement. After that he moved back home to St. Paul.

He wrote the book This Side of Paridise which practically made him famous over night. He wrote stories in The Saturday Evening Post to make some money. Fitzgerald earned the nickname Post Writer when he wrote in the magizines.

The Fitzgerald family moved to France where he started to write The Great Gatsby. It took him the summer and the fall to write it but the progress was stopped when his wife got involved with a French naval aviator. He then went to Rome in the winter of 1924-1925 where he revised The Great Gatsby. The book was published in April when Fitzgerald was en route to Paris. This booked recieved lots of praise but the book didn't sell as much as he thought it would.


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