There’s no doubt that the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald was one that embodied the glamour and decadence associated with the Roaring Twenties and the Golden Age of Literature. A friend of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and H.L. Mencken, Fitzgerald wrote four novels during his lifetime as well as many short stories.
Born September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald adapted much of his own life into his novels, including young lovers, acquaintances, and experiences with his wild and legendary wife Zelda Sayre, who would become much of his inspiration for New York socialite Daisy Buchanan in his novel The Great Gatsby.
The Fitzgeralds led a life of parties and socializing in glamorous circles, but Fitzgerald’s own struggles with alcoholism and financial difficulties as well as Zelda’s undiagnosed schizophrenia (all of which led to a string of hospital and asylum stays through the 1920s and -30s) strained their relationship, and eventually led them to separate completely.
Fitzgerald’s best-known work is The Great Gatsby, the story of a New York millionaire in love with a married woman. During the author’s life, the book was not successful; when Fitzgerald died in 1940 of a heart attack, he believed himself to be a failure as a writer. Today, The Great Gatsby is considered by some to be the greatest American novel.
Fitzgerald works available at BookMarx:
Tender is the Night (1934)
Dick and Nicole Diver are a wealthy, fashionable couple living in the south of France. When Rosemary Hoyt, a Hollywood actress, meets them there, she becomes close with Nicole while drifting into an affair with Dick. All the same, she has a feeling that there is something strange about the Divers – and other people have seen things that almost confirm it.
The Great Gatsby (1925)
When Nick Carraway moves to the fashionable world of West Egg in the early 1920s, he becomes enmeshed in the luxurious world of Jay Gatsby, a millionaire with a secret past. Gatsby’s love for Nick’s cousin Daisy leads them all through a dangerous and destructive way of life, one fueled by adultery, lies, and even murder.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (1921)
Benjamin Button was born an old man. His life must be lived in reverse. Nothing will ever be simple.
The Basil and Josephine Stories (1962)
Two of Fitzgerald’s short stories chronicle the lives of two individuals; one, Basil Lee, never knows his destiny until it is about to change, and Josephine Perry, who doesn’t understand the consequences of her actions.