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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald September 24 1896 St Paul Minn US - December 21 1940 Hollywood Calif was a short story writer Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century with his novels famous for its depiction of the Jazz Age 1920s He finished four novels including The Great Gatsby The Beautiful and the Damned left the fifth unfinished and wrote a dozen more that features the theme of youth despair and age Fitzgerald was the only son of an unsuccessful upper-class father and an energetic provincial mother His prename Francis Scott Key was given to him to honour his distant and successful relative Fitzgeralds father Edward Fitzgerald was from Maryland while his mother Mary McQuillan was the daughter of an Irish-Catholic immigrant Fitzgerald had an intensely romantic imagination and he charged into experience determined to succeed those promises At both St Paul Academy 1908-10 and Newman School 1911-13 he tried too hard and made himself unpopular but at Princeton he came close to realizing his dream of a brilliant success He became a prominent figure in the literary life of the university and made lifelong friendships with Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop He became a leading figure in the socially important Triangle Club a dramatic society and was elected to one of the leading clubs of the university where he fell in love with Ginevra King one of the beauties of her generation Then he lost Ginevra and left Princeton empty handed He returned to Princeton the next fall but he had now lost all the positions desirable and in November 1917 he left to join the army In July 1918 while he was stationed near Montgomery Ala he met Zelda Sayre the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge They fell deeply in love and as soon as he could Fitzgerald headed for New York determined to achieve instant success and to marry Zelda What he
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