Childhood Influences Impact the Writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Childhood Influences Impact the Writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald On Wednesday February 12 of 1890 F. Scott Fitzgerald's parents were married in Washington D.C. Six years later on September 24, 1896 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born at his home 481 Laurel Ave. in St. Paul, Minnesota. His two infant older sisters had died from a violent influenza so that by the time Fitzgerald came along Mollie Fitzgerald had become the proverbial nightmare that known as an overprotective mother. Fitzgerald's mother was no traditional mother though, for she was known for her eccentricities. These eccentricities disturbed young Scott's life, "Fitzgerald later described his mother as 'half insane with pathological nervous worry'" (Bruccoli 15),…show more content…
Because of the proximity of the his mother's extended family Scott had an extra three mothers who lavished him with affection and estrogen growing up, but had no real male role-model. Regardless, after the final failure in New York, the family returned to St. Paul in July of 1908. Scott and Annabel lived with their grandmother while Edward and Mollie stayed with a friend until 1909 when the family finally reunited at 514 Holly Ave. (Bruccoli 23), the street where the family would live for the next five years. These five years are of note mostly because they made an impression on Scott and would later become a theme and setting for some of his short stories. During this time Scott's education began. His mother, Mollie wished for him to associate with the "right" crowd and so he was enrolled in a dancing class for boys and girls at Ramaley Hall on Grand Avenue. It was in this dancing class that he met Marie Hersey. Marie was a good childhood friend who is even said to have helped Zelda re-wardrobe at Scott's request (he didn't like her southern style and found it unfitting to New York society) after their marriage and move to New York. Mollie also found hope in Scott when compared to the failures of her husband, but her hopes discouraged Scott's writing to the point of destroying some of his earliest writings, "Her opposition to Scott's literary ambitions may have prompted her destruction of his

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