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F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great writer whose books are classics today gave us words to lean on for a life time! Here’s wishing him a very happy birthday.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past,” wrote Fitzgerald once. Born on September 24, 1896 in St.Paul Minnesota, this man’s life was full of ups and downs. Below is summarising (if that was ever possible) his life in points:
1. While he was alive, his best novels, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Tender Is The Night’ did not make him much money. In his lifetime, the total of his earnings from these two amounted to $8,397 only. It was after he passed away, that these novels became classics that are read even today.
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s full name is Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. He was named after the lawyer and writer who penned ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ – Francis Scott Key.
3. There were some aspects of his life that had a great influence on him. Those were, his wife, Zelda Syare Fitzgerald, alcohol, Princeton University and literature.
4. In spite of his brilliant writing, he was a poor speller and may have suffered from dyslexia. He also abandoned his studies to join the military.
5. His wife, Zelda, was a writer herself. In an article on history.com, is stated that, “Beautiful and unpredictable, Zelda was a major inspiration for the new generation of liberated “flapper” girls Fitzgerald often wrote about in his novels and stories. She smoked and drank in public, cracked risqué jokes and was an accomplished painter, dancer and writer. The couple’s fashionable clothes and booze-fueled antics made them the toast of the literary world—writer Ring Lardner even called them “the prince and princess of their generation”—but their glamorous lives were later visited by tragedy in the 1930s. Fitzgerald sank into alcoholism and struggled to write, and Zelda suffered a mental breakdown and spent the latter part of her life in and out of sanitariums.”
6. Ernest Hemingway, who is another famous author was Fitzgerald’s friend. They bonded in 1925 when they met at Paris. Hemingway had a dislike for Zelda.
7. He died on December 21, 1940. His health had deteriorated largely due to his alcoholism that he never left since his college years. He was only 44 when he died of a heart attack.
Fitzgerald is fondly remembered today because of his heart-touching, profound works. He is often regarded as the author of the ‘Jazz Age’.