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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term he popularized in his short story collection Tales of the Jazz Age. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four story collections, and 164 short stories. Although he achieved temporary popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald received critical acclaim only after his death and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Born into a middle-class family in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald was raised primarily in New York state. He attended Princeton University where he befriended future literary critic Edmund Wilson. Owing to a failed romantic relationship with Chicago socialite Ginevra King, he dropped out in 1917 to join the United States Army during World War I. While stationed in Alabama, he met Zelda Sayre, a Southern debutante who belonged to Montgomery's exclusive country-club set. Although she initially rejected Fitzgerald's marriage proposal due to his lack of financial prospects, Zelda agreed to marry him after he published the commercially successful This Side of Paradise (1920). The novel became a cultural sensation and cemented his reputation as one of the eminent writers of the decade. His second novel, The Beautiful and Damned (1922), propelled him further into the cultural elite. To maintain his affluent lifestyle, he wrote numerous stories for popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Weekly, and Esquire. During this period, Fitzgerald frequented Europe, where he befriended modernist writers and artists of the "Lost Generation" expatriate community, including Ernest Hemingway. His third novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), received generally favorable reviews but was a commercial failure, selling fewer than 23,000 copies in its first year. Despite its lackluster debut, The Great Gatsby is now hailed by some literary critics as the "Great American Novel". Following the deterioration of his wife's mental health and her placement in a mental institute for schizophrenia, Fitzgerald completed his final novel, Tender Is the Night (1934). Struggling financially because of the declining popularity of his works during the Great Depression, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood, where he embarked upon an unsuccessful career as a screenwriter. While living in Hollywood, he cohabited with columnist Sheilah Graham, his final companion before his death. After a long struggle with alcoholism, he attained sobriety only to die of a heart attack in 1940, at 44. His friend Edmund Wilson edited and published an unfinished fifth novel, The Last Tycoon (1941), after Fitzgerald's death. In 1993, a new edition was published as The Love of the Last Tycoon, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli. Life Childhood and early years Born on September 24, 1896, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to a middle-class Catholic family, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was named after Francis Scott Key, a distant cousin who wrote the lyrics in 1814 for the song "The Star-Spangled Banner", which later became the American national anthem. His mother was Mary "Molly" McQuillan Fitzgerald, the daughter of an Irish immigrant who became wealthy as a wholesale grocer. His father, Edward Fitzgerald, descended from Irish and English ancestry, and had moved to Minnesota from Maryland after the American Civil War to open a wicker-furniture manufacturing business. Edward's first cousin twice removed, Mary Surratt, was hanged in 1865 for conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.One year after Fitzgerald's birth, his father's wicker-furniture manufacturing business failed, and the family moved to Buffalo, New York, where his father joined Procter & Gamble as a salesman. Fitzgerald spent the first decade of his childhood primarily in Buffalo with a brief interlude in Syracuse between January 1901 and September 1903. His parents sent him to two Catholic schools on Buffalo's West Side—first Holy Angels Convent (1903–1904) and then Nardin Academy (1905–1908). As a boy, Fitzgerald was described by his peers as unusually intelligent with a keen interest in literature.Procter & Gamble fired his father in March 1908, and the family returned to Saint Paul. Although his alcoholic father was now destitute, his mother's inheritance supplemented the family income and allowed them to continue living a middle-class lifestyle. Fitzgerald attended St. Paul Academy from 1908 to 1911. At 13, Fitzgerald had his first piece of fiction published in the school newspaper. In 1911, Fitzgerald's parents sent him to the Newman School, a Catholic prep school in Hackensack, New Jersey. At Newman, Father Sigourney Fay recognized his literary potential and encouraged him to become a writer. Princeton and Ginevra King After graduating from Newman in 1913, Fitzgerald enrolled at Princeton University and became one of the few Catholics in the student body. While at Princeton, Fitzgerald shared a room and became long time friends with John Biggs Jr, who later helped the author find a home in Delaware. As the semesters passed, he formed close friendships with classmates Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop, both of whom would later aid his literary career. Determined to be a successful writer, Fitzgerald wrote stories and poems for the Princeton Triangle Club, the Princeton Tiger, and the Nassau Lit.During his sophomore year, the 18-year-old Fitzgerald returned home to Saint Paul during Christmas break where he met and fell in love with 16-year-old Chicago debutante Ginevra King. The couple began a romantic relationship spanning several years. She would become his literary model for the characters of Isabelle Borgé in This Side of Paradise, Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, and many others. While Fitzgerald attended Princeton, Ginevra attended Westover, a Connecticut women's school. He visited Ginevra at Westover until her expulsion for flirting with a crowd of young male admirers from her dormitory window. Her return home ended Fitzgerald's weekly courtship.Despite the great distance separating them, Fitzgerald still attempted to pursue Ginevra, and he traveled across the country to visit her family's Lake Forest estate. Although Ginevra loved him, her upper-class family belittled Scott's courtship because of his lower-class status compared to her other wealthy suitors. Her imperious father Charles Garfield King purportedly told a young Fitzgerald that "poor boys shouldn't think of marrying rich girls."Rejected by Ginevra as an unsuitable match, a suicidal Fitzgerald enlisted in the United States Army amid World War I and received a commission as a second lieutenant. While awaiting deployment to the Western front where he hoped to die in combat, he was stationed in a training camp at Fort Leavenworth under the command of Captain Dwight Eisenhower, the futur.... Discover the F Scott Fitzgerald popular books. Find the top 100 most popular F Scott Fitzgerald books.

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  • The Collected Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald synopsis, comments

    The Collected Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald

    Zelda Fitzgerald

    This comprehensive collection of Zelda Fitzgerald’s workincluding her only published novel, Save Me the Waltzputs the jazzage heroine in an illuminating literary perspective.Zelda ...

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    A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald

    Natasha Lester

    From New York Times bestselling author Natasha Lester comes a deliciously evocative love story of a smalltown girl with big ambitions in 1920s New York, for fans of The Paris Wife ...

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    The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald & A to Z Classics

    With A to Z Classics, discover or rediscover all the classics of literature. Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the e...

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    A Moveable Feast

    Ernest Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished sk...

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    The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald was a prominent American author during the 1920s, known for his novels such as "The Great Gatsby," "The Beautiful and Damned," and "Tender Is the Night," as wel...

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    Nick Adams Stories

    Ernest Hemingway

    From one of the 20th century's greatest voices comes the complete chronological anthology of his short stories featuring Nick Adams, Ernest Hemingway's memorable character, as he g...

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    Old Man and the Sea

    Ernest Hemingway

    The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisher...

  • The Greatest Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald synopsis, comments

    The Greatest Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    This carefully crafted ebook: “The Greatest Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald” contains 5 books in one volume and is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed ta...

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    The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald & Reading Time

    Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on o...

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    The Paris Wife

    Paula McLain

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  A deeply evocative novel of ambition and betrayal that captures the love affair between two unforgettable people, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadl...

  • The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway synopsis, comments

    The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway

    The definitive short story collection that established Ernest Hemingway's literary reputation, originally published in 1938.Ernest Hemingway is a cultural iconan archetype of rugge...

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    The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald & Bryant Mangum

    Edited and with an Introduction by Bryant MangumForeword by Roxana RobinsonBenediction Head and Shoulders Bernice Bobs Her Hair The Ice Palace The Offshore Pirate May Day The...

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    Tender is the Night

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a friend's copy of Tender Is the Night, "If you liked The Great Gatsby, for God's sake read this. Gatsby was a tour de force but this is a confession o...

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    The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald & The griffin classics

    Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on o...

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    Ghostal Living

    Kathleen Bridge

    In this mystery from the author of Manor of Dying, Hamptons interior designer and antiques picker Meg Barrett uncovers a veil of spooky goingson... The first Sag Harbor A...

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    A Beautiful Dare

    Natasha Lester

    A short story set in the roaring twenties by the author of the deliciously evocative love story A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD.It's 1922 in Concord, Massachusetts, a time when women are...

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    The F. Scott Fitzgerald Megapack

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    This volume assembles 46 classic works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, ranging from short stories to novels to poetry and essays. Included are: THE JELLYBEAN THE CAMEL'S BACK MAY DAY PORCE...

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Paul Brody

    Paris was a Mecca for artists in the early 20th century. Anyone who wrote, sculpted, acted, drew, painted, composed, or philosophized was drawn to the bustling, European city. Worl...

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    The Greatest Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald - 45 Titles in One Edition

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Musaicum Books presents to you this carefully created volume of "The Greatest Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald 45 Titles in One Edition". This ebook has been designed and form...

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Michael Glenday

    From his first novel, This Side of Paradise, which brought him a blaze of youthful fame, to his last, unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald's appeal as one of ...

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    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Ernest Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway's masterpiece on war, love, loyalty, and honor tells the story of Robert Jordan, an antifascist American fighting in the Spanish Civil War.In 1937 Ernest Hemingway...

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Shmoop

    "Dive deep into the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life anywhere you go: on a plane, on a mountain, in a canoe, under a tree. Or grab a flashlight and read Shmoop under the covers....

  • The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald synopsis, comments

    The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on o...

  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories synopsis, comments

    The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

    Ernest Hemingway

    The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction.S...

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    Green Hills of Africa

    Ernest Hemingway

    The most intimate and elaborately enhanced addition to the Hemingway Library series: Hemingway’s memoir of his safari across the Serengetipresented with archival material from the ...

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    Save Me the Waltz

    Zelda Fitzgerald

    Save Me the Waltz is the first and only novel by the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the years when Fitzgerald was working on Tender Is the Night, Zelda Fitzgerald was preparin...

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    Time Travel

    James Gleick

    Best Books of 2016 BOSTON GLOBE THE ATLANTICFrom the acclaimed bestselling author of The Information and Chaos comes this enthralling history of time travela concep...

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Scott Fitzgerald

    A szerelmes eszkimót a Liberty szerkesztőségi cikkében így üdvözölte: Az amerikai széppróza nagymestere egy bizarr történet sziporkázóan friss leírásával tér vissza a folyóirathoz…...

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    The Early Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    This is a collection of the earliest works of F. Scott Fitzgerald; each were written prior to his most known work, "The Great Gatsby." This edition includes an active table of cont...

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    Lost in Paris

    Elizabeth Thompson

    “A luscious, layered story of inheritance, heartbreak, reinvention, and family. I adored this book.” Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling authorWhen a deed to an apartment i...

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    The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald & Knowledge House

    Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on o...

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    The Last Castle

    Denise Kiernan

    A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story...

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    Mistress of the Ritz

    Melanie Benjamin

    A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary reallife American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War IIwhile playing hostess to the in...

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    Salinger

    David Shields & Shane Salerno

    Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 peopleand published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major doc...

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    The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald

    David Handler

    The “wickedly amusing” Edgar Award–winning mystery starring ghostwriter/sleuth Stewart Hoag and his “delightful” basset hound sidekick Lulu (Publishers Weekly).  Stewart Hoag ...

  • The F. Scott Fitzgerald Collection Volume One synopsis, comments

    The F. Scott Fitzgerald Collection Volume One

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Four unforgettable works by the author of The Great Gatsbyone of the greatest writers of America’s Lost Generation.  This Side of Paradise: Amory Blain experiences a childhood...

  • The Great Gatsby synopsis, comments

    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The only authorized edition of the twentiethcentury classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Bo...

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Daniel Coenn

    This book is a collection of 186 fundamental quotes and aphorisms of F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy." "You don't write because you want to say...

  • Men Without Women synopsis, comments

    Men Without Women

    Ernest Hemingway

    Classic short stories from a master of American fiction exploring relationships, war, and sportsmanship.First published in 1927, Men Without Women represents some of Hemingway’s mo...

  • The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald synopsis, comments

    The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald & The griffin classics

    Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on o...

  • Islands in the Stream synopsis, comments

    Islands in the Stream

    Ernest Hemingway

    A later, posthumously published classic following the adventures of a painter in the midst of World War II.First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the ...

  • The Last Tycoon synopsis, comments

    The Last Tycoon

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    With a new introduction by bestselling and iconic novelist Haruki MurakamiThis edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel is now restored to the original 1941 text, wi...

  • Look Homeward, Angel synopsis, comments

    Look Homeward, Angel

    Thomas Wolfe

    The spectacular, historymaking first novel about a young man’s coming of age by literary legend Thomas Wolfe, first published in 1929 and long considered a classic of twentieth cen...