Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, known to his readers just as F. Scott Fitzgerald, was born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul,
Minnesota. He was the son of Edward Fitzgerald and Mary McQuillan. His father was an upstate New York salesman
and his mother was the daughter of a wealthy Irish immigrant.
Fitzgerald attended a Catholic Prep school in New Jersey from 1911 to 1913 called the Newman School. He made to
Princeton and was active in writing for the Princeton Tiger humor magazine and the Nassau Literary Magazine.
He evenutally gave up on school and joined the army where he was able to make a second lieutenant in the infantry. It
was then that Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, assuming that he would die in the army, called “The Romantic Egotist”. The book was turned down and he was asked to send it in again once he had
After being stationed at Camp Sheridan around Montgomery, Alabama, Fitzgerald met
and fell in love with the Alabama supreme court judge's daughter Zelda Sayre. They became enganged and Fitzgerald tried
at revising his novel, which he rewrote as This Side of Paradise. The book was once again rejected and shortly
after Zelda broke their engagement because she was not ready to wait for him to come across success in the advertisement business
and she was not content living off of his small salary.
After rewriting the novel for a third time, Scribners finally accepted the novel
and it was published a year later. With sudden fame and success, Velda finally agreed to marry Fitzgerald and a few
years later he wrote his second novel. The Fitzgerald's were well off with the money they were receiving from Fitzgerald's publications,
but it did have an impact on their life. Zelda was going through a mental breakdown and was in an out of mental
hospitals and Scott was suffering from alcoholism. He eventuall wrote about Zelda's mental illness after she died
in "Tender is the Night." Near the end of his own life, Scott Fitzgerald eventually started writing again fo the Metro
Goldwyn Mayer and he had fallen in love with a movie columnist when he died at the age of 44 from a heart attack.