Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. That era, known for widespread economic prosperity, the development of jazz music, flapper culture, new technologies in communication motion pictures, broadcast radio, recorded music forging a genuine mass culture, and bootleggingalong with other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel.
Fitzgerald struggled with alcoholism throughout his life.
Fitzgerald died of a heart attack on December 21,in HollywoodCalifornia, at age 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. 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. 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.
Byhowever, 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 The career of its hero, Monroe Stahris based on that of the producer Irving Thalberg. In the intensity with which it is imagined and in the brilliance of its expression, it is the equal of anything Fitzgerald ever wrote, and it is typical of his luck that he died of a heart attack with his novel only half-finished.
He was 44 years old.quotes from The Great Gatsby: ‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’ Home; My Books; wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.” ― F.
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Fitzgerald was not born into wealth, yet the two loves of his life, Ginevra King and Zelda Sayre, were both from rich families, and his economic standing was an obstacle in both relationships.
 As a result, material wealth is the motivation for many of Fitzgerald’s characters, particularly in The Great Gatsby and some of his earlier works; however, that dream is largely criticized and. Author of the greatest novels of all time, ‘The Great Gatsby’, F Scott Fitzgerald was truly a sheer genius whose works speak out the brilliance that he exuded as a writer, novelist and short-story teller.
He perfectly captured the American society, its culture and its life of the s in his works. Watch video · Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (known as F.
Scott Fitzgerald) was a short story writer and novelist considered one of the pre-eminent authors in the history of American literature due almost entirely to the enormous posthumous success of his third book, The Great Gatsby.
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