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Welcome to the roaring 1920s The Jazz Age A period within time which the passive behaviors beliefs and purity of the past generations were tossed aside to create room for the changes America was about to experience The birth of independent voting rights for women lavishing parties and where excitement was to be found in every corner This was the era in which the people were considered the Lost Generation and from this environment emerged a eminent writer of those times Francis Scott Fitzgerald Born to the calm and submissive atmosphere of St Paul Minnesota he came from a line of highly regarded men and women from his familys past His most famous relative by far was Francis Scott Key The writer of our national anthem Though he was certainly the most famous Fitzgerald his mother was the most eccentric Often dressed in miss-matched shoes and had a peculiar behavior she at one time stared at a woman whose husband was dying and said Im trying to decide how youll look in the mourning I helped him by encouraging his urge to write adventures It was also his best work He did not shine in his other subjects It was the pride in his literary work that put him in his real bent Recalls his St Paul Academy teacher From that prestigious school he then traveled and began attendance in Princeton University Not a promising student he was often late to his classes His excuse was once Sir-its absurd to expect me to be on time Im a genius Though the Princeton years we not his most memorable it provided an outlet for his writing and talent During his junior year he left Princeton and entered the army in 1917 Though he was never sent to battle for his country there he began work on the short story The Romantic Egoist which was published as This Side of Paradise Though rejected it later returns as
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