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F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
Post-WW1 Expatriates
expatriate: a person who lives outside of his native country
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
September 24, 1896 Saint Paul, Minnesota
December 21, 1940 Hollywood California. (44)
Died of a heart attack
Died believing he was a failure.
The Otha Works&Such
Cosmopolitan (excerpt)
"It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory."

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St. Paul Academy, 13 years old
first writing appeared in the school newspaper
1911, Newman school, 15 years old-graduated in 1913
Went to Princeton & placed on academic probation
1917- dropped out and joined the army
The corruption and failure of the American Dream, and the false and distorted forms in which that dream exists in the modern world.
20th Century Paris--widely recognized cultural capital
attracted intellectuals/artists
hastily wrote The Romantic Egotist.-rejected.
2nd lieutenant-Camp Sheridan-outside Montgomery, Alabama.
Met & fell in love with Zelda Sayre-18 years old.
1919 WW2-discharged to NYC.
Central Themes:
The expectation, vitality, glamour, and promise of romantic idealism; belief in the infinite possibilities of life.
Beauty: perfection, splendor, the ideal, the realization of the desire; corruption, sterility waste, the illusion which leads to destruction and disillusionment (usually symbolized by a beautiful and wealthy girl)
Things OTHER than Gatsby
Some Screenplays:
"Madame Curie"-1938
The expatriates left their mark on Paris
Post-WWI Expatriates
"Red-Headed Women"1932
"The Beautiful and the Damned"-1922
"This Side of Paradise"-1920
"Flappers and Philosophers"-1920
added to cultural vitality
communities for expats
presence of English-language presses
English-language bookstores
After World War I, Paris began to see an influx of English-speaking expatriate writers
Post-WWI Expatriates
came out of the so-called "Lost Generation"
All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation.... You have no respect for anything. You drink yourselves to death. – Gertrude Stein
Ernest Hemingway

John Dos Passos
Kay Boyle
Djuna Barnes
Janet Flanner
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“You’re just the romantic age,” she continued- “fifty. Twenty-five is too worldly wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is- oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the mellow age. I love fifty.” - Hildegarde”
After WW2
took up a career in advertising to convince Zelda to marry him
quit & moved back to St. Paul to rewrite his novel.
After This Side of Paradise, he married Zelda & moved back to NYC.
Zelda & Scott
Had one daughter-Frances Scott Fitzgerald-1921
became a playboy & hindered his reputation as a serious literary writer
After The Great Gatsby-his life began to unravel-progressed into alcoholism & suffered writers block.
Zelda suffered mental health issues.
spent the 1920s moving back & forth between Delaware & France
1930-Zelda was committed into a mental-health clinic in Switzerland.
Returned to the US in 1931, she suffered another breakdown & entered Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
He died halfway through writing The Love of the Last Tycoon.

The Fitzgeralds
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