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F Scott Fitzgerald was born in St Paul Minnesota on September 24 1896 his father and mother were both of catholic and Irish descent Meyers He was given three names Francis Scott Fitzgerald after the writer of The Star Spangled Banner Edward Fitzgeralds great-great-greatgrandfather was the brother of Francis Scott Keys grandfather Cowley Both of his parents came from different backgrounds His mother came from a family where money meant position stability and security But on his fathers side right instincts good manners the need for honor courtesy and courageMizener were what was important His father Edward failed as a manufacture of wicker furniture in St Paul and became a salesman for Procter Gamble in upstate New York Mizner His father went through many financial and drinking problems and this caused Fitzgerald to fear poverty and alcoholism His mother Mollys family emigrated from Ireland in 1843 and started a wholesale grocery business in Saint Paul that was very successful Meyers He loved his father but could hardly respect him and his feelings for his mother were even more complicated Fitzgeralds mother Molly had two children girls before Fitzgerald was born Mary and Louise who suddenly died during and epidemic at the ages of one and three while his mother was pregnant with him Four years after he was born his mother gave birth to another daughter who survived only and hour Meyers Fitzgerald grew up spoiled with a high society attitude He became sickly and much coddled child Meyers so Molly loved to show him off When company came over she would have him perform in his Little Lord Fauntleroy suit by reciting something or singing a song and bow when everyone would clap Mollie was extremely ambitious for her son socially When Scott was young he would pretend that he had royal blood and that he had been left on the Fitzgeralds doorstep Bruccoli When his younger sister Annabell was
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