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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24 1896 He was raised in St Paul Minnesota but sent to boarding school in 1911 After several years of school he entered the army in 1917 as World War I neared its end He became a second lietenant and was stationed in Montogomery Alabama There he met and fell in love with a wild seventeen year old beauty named Zelda Sayre Zelda finally agreed to marry him but her overpowering desire for wealth fun and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success Many of these events from Fitzgeralds early life appear in his most famous novel The Great Gatsby published in 1925 Like Fitzgerald is a thoughtful young man from Minnesota educated at an Ivy League school in Nicks case Yale who moves to New York after the war Also similar to Fitzgerald is a sensitive young man who idolizes wealth and luxury and who falls in love with a beautiful young woman while stationed at a military camp in the South Fitzgerald was the most famous storyteller of 1920s Jazz Age Written in 1925 The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest literary documents of this period in which the American economy soared bringing extraordinary levels of prosperity to the nation Prohibition the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution made millionaires out of bootleggers and an underground culture of revelry sprang up Sprawling private parties managed to avoid police notice and speakeasies secret clubs that sold liquor thrived The chaos and violence of World War I left America in a state of shock and the generation that fought the war turned to wild and extravagant living to compensate The staid conservatism and timeworn values of the previous decade were turned on their ear as money luxury and energy became the order of the day Like
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