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Biography of F Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24 1896 to a father and mother whose names are not mentioned Like the main character of his novel The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald had an very romantic imagination He attended both St Paul Academy 1908-10 and Newman School 1911-13 where he was unpopular but at Princeton he came close to realizing his dream of success He became a prominent figure in the university and made lifelong friendships with Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop He became a leading figure in the socially important Triangle Club he fell in love with Ginevra King one of the hottest girls in school However he lost Ginevra and flunked out of Princeton He returned to Princeton the next fall but he had now lost all the positions he had and in November 1917 he left to join the army In July 1918 while he was stationed near Montgomery Ala he met Zelda Sayre the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge They fell in love and as soon as he could Fitzgerald headed for New York determined to achieve instant success and to marry Zelda What really happened was pretty sad After Zelda broke their engagement Fitzgerald retired to St Paul to rewrite for the second time a novel he had begun at Princeton In the spring of 1920 the novel This Side of Paradise was published and he married Zelda Fitzgerald was suddenly prosperous and famous The Fitzgeralds together with their daughter Frances born in 1921 and nicknamed Scottie moved in 1924 to the Riviera Shortly after their arrival in France Fitzgerald completed his most famous and respected novel The Great Gatsby 1925 The Great Gatsby is the most profoundly American novel of its time As well as his novels Fitzgerald also published short stories The next decade of the Fitzgeralds lives was messed up and unhappy
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