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F. Scott Fitzgerald

by Saad Babri

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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By: Saad Babri (F)
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EARLY LIFE, LITERARY WORKS, & A CALLING FOR WAR
EARLY LIFE, LITERARY WORKS, &
A CALLING FOR WAR
Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born on the historical date of September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fitzgerald’s mother, Mary McQuillan, was from a family that made a small fortune as wholesale grocers, and Fitzgerald’s father, Edward Fitzgerald, would work as a salesman after his wicker furniture business would fail. Fitzgerald’s family would move to St. Paul after his father, Edward, got fired as a salesman at Procter & Gamble. The family also now had to live off of Mary’s inheritance. 

When Fitzgerald was 13 years old, he attended St. Paul Academy. While at this Academy, Fitzgerald saw his first writing appear in print. This writing was a detective story that was published in the school newspaper. A few years later in 1911, when Fitzgerald was 15 he was sent to Newman School, a prestigious Catholic preparatory school in New Jersey. In this preparatory school, he met Father Sigourney Fay,
someone who noticed Fitzgerald’s impending talent and encouraged Fitzgerald to pursue his literary ambitions. Graduating from Newman School in 1913, Fitzgerald decided to stay in New Jersey to continue his literary development at Princeton University. 

However, during the time when World War 1 broke out, Fitzgerald was placed under academic probation, and in 1917 he dropped out of Princeton to join the U.S Army. Fitzgerald became the second lieutenant of the infantry but he became increasingly worried that might die in battle so he started frantically writing in hopes of leaving a literary legacy behind. Fortunately for Fitzgerald, the war ended in November 1918, before Fitzgerald was deployed. Upon being discharged, Fitzgerald moved to New York City in hopes of making money through advertising lucrative jobs, but after a few months, he would quit and return back to St. Paul. 

While in New York City, Fitzgerald would marry his girlfriend Zelda Sayre on April 3, 1920. The couple had a child, a daughter whose name was Frances “Scottie” Fitzgerald. Scottie was born in 1921. 
Fitzgerald ended up becoming a novelist and a short story writer, he completed 4 novels including: “This Side of Paradise(1920),” “The Beautiful and Damned(1922),” “The Great Gatsby(1925)”, and “Tender Is the Night(1934).” Fitzgerald would also write an unfinished novel called, “The Love of the Last Tycoon.”
EARLY LIFE, LITERARY WORKS, & A CALLING FOR WAR
someone who noticed Fitzgerald’s impending talent and encouraged Fitzgerald to pursue his literary ambitions. Graduating from Newman School in 1913, Fitzgerald decided to stay in New Jersey to continue his literary development at Princeton University. 

However, during the time when World War 1 broke out, Fitzgerald was placed under academic probation, and in 1917 he dropped out of Princeton to join the U.S Army. Fitzgerald became the second lieutenant of the infantry but he became increasingly worried that might die in battle so he started frantically writing in hopes of leaving a literary legacy behind. Fortunately for Fitzgerald, the war ended in November 1918, before Fitzgerald was deployed. Upon being discharged, Fitzgerald moved to New York City in hopes of making money through advertising lucrative jobs, but after a few months, he would quit and return back to St. Paul. 

While in New York City, Fitzgerald would marry his girlfriend Zelda Sayre on April 3, 1920. The couple had a child, a daughter whose name was Frances “Scottie” Fitzgerald. Scottie was born in 1921. 
Fitzgerald ended up becoming a novelist and a short story writer, he completed 4 novels including: “This Side of Paradise(1920),” “The Beautiful and Damned(1922),” “The Great Gatsby(1925)”, and “Tender Is the Night(1934).” Fitzgerald would also write an unfinished novel called, “The Love of the Last Tycoon.”
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IMAGE: FRANCIS SCOTT FITZGERALD IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY SERVING AS A LIEUTENANT.
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DIGNIFIED INFLUENCERS
Fitzgerald had a lot of people that influenced his writing in different ways. These influences would mainly consist of other writers, but Fitzgerald would also frequently implement his wife and her letters into his writings. Fitzgerald would use Zelda’s words as a voice for several of his female characters. 

The authors that had the most influence on Fitzgerald were John Keats and Joseph Conrad. Fitzgerald had a liking for romance novels and as a result of this Keats, a poet who Fitzgerald intensely spoke about at Princeton, would provide him with a model for a controlled romantic style and thematic juxtapositions of the imaginary and the real. This love for the genre of romance would be instilled into Fitzgerald during his childhood when his father would read him, “The Prisoner of Chillon,” a poem written by Byron.

Joseph Conrad’s influence would become apparent
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DIGNIFIED INFLUENCERS
IMAGE: FITZGERALD WRITING ONE OF HIS NOVELS
a bit later on. Conrad had modernist techniques and ideas, these concepts would be implemented by Fitzgerald in novels like “Tender is the Night” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Although Fitzgerald was highly influenced by numerous writers, he was also mindful of maintaining his own originality, not only in subject matter but in his own contribution to a distinctive modern form.
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