Besides penning The Great Gatsby, which is often considered to be one of the most important novels of the 20th Century, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote four other critically acclaimed novels and numerous short stories. Fitzgerald, a member of the 1920’s “Lost Generation” and the unofficial spokesperson for the “Jazz Age,” was a raging alcoholic and was often seen hobnobbing with his wife Zelda amongst the upper crust of New York and St. Paul high society.
Fitzgerald’s success started with the publication of his first novel This Side of Paradise in 1920. The novel is written in three distinct parts that explore the romantic and mental maturation of a young Midwesterner named Amory Blaine as he attends Princeton (like Fitzgerald did himself), serves in WW1 and suffers romantic rejection in New York after the war.
Blending poetry, letters, free verse and traditional narration, Fitzgerald offers a glimpse into the world of Amory Blaine and the “Roaring Twenties” with masterful skill that foreshadows the literary genius that emerged five years later with the publication of The Great Gatsby in 1925.
Due to heavy debts and increased alcoholism, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood in the late 1930’s to write scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was during this time that he wrote The Last Tycoon and a collection of short stories named The Pat Hobby Stories. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the early age of 44.
Submitted by Dan@Central