Although he completed four novels and more than short stories in his lifetime, he is perhaps best remembered for his third novel, The Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre on April 3, Scott and Zelda had a tumultuous relationship, characterized by excessive drinking, partying, and fighting. Fitzgerald is famous for his depictions of the Jazz Age the s , especially in his novel The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald conveyed in The Great Gatsby the sense of hope America promised to its youth and the disappointment its youth felt when America failed to deliver.
Other common themes in his work include society and class, wealth and materialism, and romantic idealism. Fitzgerald struggled with alcoholism throughout his life. He had not yet completed his fifth novel, The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald was the only son of an unsuccessful, aristocratic father and an energetic, provincial mother. At both St.
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Paul Academy —10 and Newman School —13 he tried too hard and made himself unpopular, but 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 beauties of her generation. Then he lost Ginevra and flunked out of Princeton.
He returned to Princeton the next fall, but he had now lost all the positions he coveted, and in November he left to join the army. They fell deeply in love, and, as soon as he could, Fitzgerald headed for New York determined to achieve instant success and to marry Zelda. Zelda broke their engagement, and, after an epic drunk, Fitzgerald retired to St. Paul to rewrite for the second time a novel he had begun at Princeton. In the spring of it was published, he married Zelda, and. This Side of Paradise was a revelation of the new morality of the young; it made Fitzgerald famous. This sudden prosperity made it possible for him and Zelda to play the roles they were so beautifully equipped for, and Ring Lardner called them the prince and princess of their generation.
The Beautiful and Damned describes a 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. Shortly after their arrival in France, Fitzgerald completed his most brilliant novel, The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald began to drink too much, and Zelda suddenly, ominously, began to practice ballet dancing night and day.
In she had a mental breakdown and in another, from which she never fully recovered. With its failure and his despair over Zelda, Fitzgerald was close to becoming an incurable alcoholic. By , however, he had come back far enough to become a scriptwriter in Hollywood, and there he met and fell in love with Sheilah Graham, a famous Hollywood gossip columnist.
For the rest of his life—except for occasional drunken spells when he became bitter and violent—Fitzgerald lived quietly with her. Occasionally he went east to visit Zelda or his daughter Scottie, who entered Vassar College in Authorities ID driver killed in crash on Geary Co. Coffey Co.
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