F. Scott Fitzgerald KrupaPatel & Ryan Fischer Period 4
Timeline: • September 24, 1896: Franklin Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota • 1913: Enters Princeton • 1917: On academic prohibition and unlikely to graduate, joins the army. Makes first attempt at novel, The Romantic Egoist • 1919: Goes to NY to seek his fortune and win Zelda’s hand in marriage—but she is unwilling to live on his small salary and breaks the engagement • 1920: Becomes famous almost overnight with the publication of This Side of Paradise • Marries Zelda a week later in NY • 1921: Writes second novel, The Beautiful and Damned. Settles in Seattle for the birth of his only child Frances Scott • 1922: Starts to drink heavily • 1925: The Great Gatsby is published • December 21, 1940: Dies of a heart attack • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2cn0IS_q6E
Fitzgerald in the Roaring ‘20s • He was one of the greatest examples of the frivolous lifestyle of the 1920s. • He did not care about the future finances and enjoyed spending every penny he earned.
Personal Problems: • Fitzgerald drank heavily. • Had many financial issues, taking out loans frequently from friends and colleagues. • Zelda suffered mental problems and was often hospitalized.
Impact on Society • Fitzgerald wrote “shamelessly.” His writing for the first time gave a voice to the youth. Older generations found Fitzgerald’s writing to be a horror. "I cannot bear to think that our young men are merely living for four years in a country club and spending their lives wholly in a spirit of calculation and snobbishness," college President John Grier Hibben wrote. • He writes about the American Dream and views it realistically, as a wonderful but also depressing thing. Also depicts the gap between the rich and poor in his writing.
Modernists • Fitzgerald was part of the American literature movement known as Modernism. • It lasted form 1914-1945, the time between the two world wars. • Modernists write with that belief that during the war America lost its innocence and their literature is marked with the idea of living for the moment. • Fitzgerald belonged to a group of authors known as the Expatriates. These were American artists who disillusioned with the break down of the American dream spent a considerable amount of time in Europe.
The Great Gatsby • Based partially on Fitzgerald’s own life. • Connections can be made between Jay Gatsby and the narrator Nick to Fitzgerald • Portrayed the 1920s, not only the outer glam but also the inners slums.
Other Novels • This Side of Paradise (1920) • The Beautiful and Damned (1922) • The Great Gatsby (1925) • Tender is the Night (1934) • The Last Tycoon (1941)
Works Cited • "F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography." UNet Users' Home Pages. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/fitzgeraldbio.html>. • "F. Scott Fitzgerald." The Literature Network. Jalic Inc., 2000-2012. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.