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F Scott Fitzgerald is best known for his novels The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night both of which depicted disillusion with the American dream of self improvement wealth and success through hard work and perseverance Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St Paul Minnesota Fitzgerald was of mixed Southern and Irish descent He was given three names after the author of the Star Spangled Banner to whom he was distantly related In 1913 Fitzgerald entered Princeton University but he left the University in 1917 because of academic problems After leaving Princeton Fitzgerald took up a commission in the United States Army which was then entering World War 1 While in basic training near Montgomery Alabama Francis met high-spirited eighteen year old Zelda Sayre The two married in 1920 and Zelda became the model for many of the female characters in his fiction Discharged in 1919 Fitzgerald worked briefly in New York for an advertising agency His first story Babes in the Wood appeared in the Smart Set Fitzgeralds first novel This Side of Paradise was originally entitled The Romantic Egoist He started the novel while in the army but it was published in 1920 The book met with both commercial and critical success After the success of his novel Francis contributed short stories to Scribners Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post He wrote about cosmopolitan life in New York City during Prohibition Fitzgerald also wrote on the American Midwest of his childhood Fitzgeralds early short fiction was collected in Flappers and Philosophery published in 1920 and Tales of the Jazz Age published in 1922 Financial success as well as fame enabled the Fitzgeralds to become integral figures in the Jazz Age culture that he portrayed in his writing Fitzgeralds partly autobiographical second novel The Beautiful and the Damned was also published in 1922 The story tells of a wealthy young couple whose lives are destroyed by their lavish lifestyle The work was
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