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F Scott Fitzgerald was a writer very much of his own time This rare ability along with his rhetorical brilliance has established Fitzgerald as one of the major novelists and story writers of the twentieth century The source of Fitzgerald s talent remains a mystery Edward Fitzgerald his father came from tired old stock with roots in Maryland Edward Fitzgerald s great-great-grandfather was the brother of Francis Scott Keys grandfather and if Scott Fitzgerald claimed a closer relationship it was hardly his fault He had after all been christened Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald and his mother Mollie was inordinately proud of the Key connection she had married into Equally important probably was Fitzgerald s sense of having come from two widely different Celtic strains Mollie Fitzgerald had lost two children to epidemics before her bright handsome Scott came along No beauty herself she spoiled her son and loved to show him off As a youth Fitzgerald revealed a flair for dramatics first in Saint Paul where he wrote original plays for amateur production and later at the Newman School in Hackensack New Jersey and at Princeton where he composed lyrics for the universitys famous Triangle Club productions For Fitzgerald boy-girl relationships amounted to a kind of contest in which there could be only one winner During the hectic party season in Saint Paul Christmas of his sophomore year at Princeton Fitzgerald more than met his match in the charming Ginevra King of Chicago Lake Forest and the great world of wealth and family background They dated a few times and conducted a long and heated correspondence but in the end almost inevitably Fitzgerald lost her There is a legend that Ginevras father told Scott that poor boys shouldnt think of marrying rich girls Whether he said it or not Fitzgerald intuited such a message and tried to work off some of his disappointment in a number of his most powerful stories beginning
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