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The novel The Great Gatsby is a profound piece of literature in theroaring 20s The author F Scott Fitzgerald was a prominent figureduring this era His work during the 1920s set him apart from otherauthors One of his most well-known pieces The Great Gatsby was anovel full of elaborate characters and symbolic elements such as thevalley of ashes the eyes of Dr TJ Eckleburg and the weatherconditions taking place during the story The Life of F Scott FitzgeraldAuthor of The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald was born in Minnesotain 1896 In his youth he was a reader of detective stories and wrote hisown investigation stories in high school eHow As a member of thePrinceton class of 1917 he rarely focused on his studies Thinking hewas unlikely to graduate he joined the United States Army During thewar Fitzgerald wrote The Romantic Egotist At 21 he submitted thenovel to Charles Scribners Sons but they rejected it While revisingit for another submission he was assigned to Camp Sheridan where hesoon fell in love with Zelda Sayre University of South CarolinaFitzgeralds novel was still unpublished so he turned to advertising asa source of income Zelda not wanting to live off the small amount ofmoney Fitzgerald was making through advertisement broke off theengagement On the third attempt at getting his novel published Fitzgeraldsucceeded He became a celebrity almost overnight Shortly after thepublishing he and Zelda married They lived an extravagant lifestylegoing to parties and living as young celebrities He continued writingnovels but his way of living got in the way Fitzgeralds second novelThe Beautiful and the Damned was written a year after marriage Afterthe publication of his second novel Zelda gave birth to their first andonly child Frances Scott Fitzgerald Three years later while living inParis Fitzgerald wrote his most appraised novel The Great GatsbyPBS From The Great Gatsby onward things went downhill Zelda continued tosuffer from a mental illness Fitzgerald suffering from alcoholism Hewrote short stories to try and
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