Francis Scott Fitzgerald


Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is known as one of the most important
American writers of his time. He wrote about the troubling time period in which
he lived known as the Jazz Age. During this era people were either rich or
dreamt of great wealth. Fitzgerald fell into the trap of wanting to be wealthy,
and suffered great personal anguish because of these driving forces. I have
chosen to write a term paper on F.Scott Fitzgerald. The goal of this
presentation is to show F. Scott Fitzgerald's life through his defeats and
triumphs and how these situations affected his life as a writer.
Fitzgerald's life started in the Midwestern part of the United States.
On September 24, 1896, he was ...

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to be extremely dependent on the wealth of his grandfather's estate.
Fitzgerald attended the St. Paul Academy as a child. In 1911 he entered the
Newman School in Hackensack, NJ. Growing up with a father who was out of work
and who relied on his wife's inheritance gave Fitzgerald a mixed feeling of
guilt and shame and yet he felt love for both his parents. These inner
conflicts in his early life could have contributed to his inability to manage
his finances, along with his constant obsession of gaining extreme wealth.
Fitzgerald later went to Princeton University, where writing and
football were his main interests. It was there that he met friends Edmund
Wilson and John Peale Bishop. Fitzgerald was too small to play football so he
joined a fraternity called the triangle club, the second most prestigious cliche
on campus, football being first. After Princeton, Fitzgerald was quoted as
saying to a friend “I want to be the greatest writer who ever lived don't ...

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to see
where I stand. I want to write something new something extraordinary and
beautiful and simple and intricately patterned (Bruccoli, 1981).” After many
attempts at writing a masterpiece, on April 11, 1925, Fitzgerald's The Great
Gatsby was released.
The Fitzgeralds continued to roam Europe with daughter “Scottie.”
Fitzgerald was unable to manage his finances and was constantly in debt. He
was always living beyond his means and borrowing money from his next unwritten
story. During this period of Fitzgerald's life he was relying on short stories
as the main and only income. It has been figured by Matt Bruccoli that during
Fitzgerald's life span he made around $386,382 an average ...

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