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Transcript of Scott Fitzgerald
He was widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He wrote novels and short stories.
His fame raised during the 1920's, in which the economy was booming and lots of things in society were changing and he managed to capture all of that in his novels. That's one of the main things that made him famous.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born
in September 24, 1896 and died on December
21, 1940, at the age of 44 of a massive heart attack.
While he was in the army he met Zelda Sayre, and as soon as he made some money they got married.
Many of Scott’s short stories are reflected on his and Zelda’s relation.
Throughout the 1930s the Fitzgeralds fought an ultimately unsuccessful battle to save their marriage since it was full of chaos and misery. Fitzgerald began to drink excessively, and Zelda began a slow descent into madness. She suffered two mental breakdowns and she never fully recovered from the second.
Scott and Zelda had a daughter named Frances Scott Fitzgerald.
When he moved to Paris, he became friends with Ernest Hemingway (another very famous writer). Hemingway did not get on well with Zelda since he described her as "insane" and he claimed that she "encouraged her husband to drink so as to distract Fitzgerald from his work on his novel". Because all the trouble in his marriage drove him to being an "incurable alcoholic" and he also got depressed because all of his friends were having a lot of success while he wasn't.
Some of his most important works were:
The Great Gatsby
This Side of Paradise
The Beautiful and the Damned
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He was the the third of five children although Scott and his sister Annabel are the only two Fitzgerald children to survive infancy. He's mother was an Irish-American named Mollie McQuillan and his father a furniture manufacturer from Maryland named Edward Fitzgerald.
He went to local Roman Catholic boarding schools and at the age of 13 he published his first story in the school newspaper of St. Paul Academy.
In 1917 he dropped out of school to join the U.S. Army
and wrote a novel called The Romantic Egoists 'in a rush' since he was scared that he might die in the war with his "literary dreams unfulfilled".
Even though, he was very melancholic, he managed to get a job as a script-writer in Hollywood. There he met and fell in love with Sheilah Graham, a famous Hollywood gossip columnist. For the rest of his life Fitzgerald lived quietly with Ms. Graham, although he frequently got drunk and became violent. And occasionally, he went east to visit Zelda or his daughter Frances.
Some frases he said:
"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath."
"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you."
"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."