F. Scott Fitzgerald


: The American Dream
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, the spokesman for the Jazz Age, ruled America’s decade of prosperity and excess, which began soon after World War 1 and ended around the time of the stock market crash of 1929. The novels and stories for which he is best known examine an entire generation’s search for the elusive American Dream of wealth and happiness. Many of his works are derived from his own life and that of his wife and friends. The early gaiety shows only one side of a writer whose second and final decade of work portrayed a life marred by alcoholism and financial difficulties, troubled by lost love, and frustrated by is lack of inspiration.
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army during World War 1, Fitzgerald spent his weekends in camp writing the earliest draft of his first novel.
Demobilized in 1919, Fitzgerald worked briefly in New York for an adversing agency. His first story, 'Babes in the Wood,' was published in The Smart Set. The turning point in his life was when he met Zelda Sayre, herself as aspiring writed, and married her in 1920. In the same year appeared Fitzgerald's first novel, This Side of Paradise, originally entitled The Romantic Egoist, which he had started while in the army. Its hero, Armory Blaine, studies in Princeton, serves in WW I in France. At the end of the story he finds that his own self-centeredness has been the cause of his unhappiness. The book gained success and gave Fitzgerald entrée to literary magazines, such as Scribner's and The Saturday Evening Post, which published his stories, among them 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.'
The rebellious “flaming youth of the new era brought to life in the popular This ...

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put it best when he says,” There are places enough in his books where he seems to do this beautifully and so it does not sound funny or whimsical when he jots down. ‘My sometimes reading my own books for advice. How much I know sometimes - how little at others’” (Powers 184). But the conclusion that Fitzgerald comes to, is that he was finally less wise than tragic (Powers 184). It is probably no possible for a writer to be as wise as he is tragic. Powers points out that, “only saints come that size” (Powers 184).
Fitzgerald’s wit, observation and experience, of which he could always summon, can be found in The Last Tycoon. As many ...

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