Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald and His Work Essay

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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald and His Work By the time F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, he had already amassed an impressive literary resume. From his first commercial publication of the short story, "Babes in the Woods" at age 23 to "The Sensible Thing" at age 28, Fitzgerald published fourteen short stories, one play, two collections of short stories, and two novels. His first novel, This Side of Paradise, made Fitzgerald a celebrity. The second, "The Beautiful and the Damned," was serialized in Metropolitan Magazine. Few American writers published as many well-received short stories in the fiction market as Fitzgerald during this time. After publication of…show more content…
Fitzgerald's maternal grandfather also represented high asperations. He immigrated from Ireland during the pre-Civil War era and became a wealthy, wholesale grocer in St. Paul. Although situated economically in an upper middle class, Fitzgerald developed bonds to upper class friends during his childhood, and aspired to experience the kinds of opportunties they enjoyed. The quest to achieve seems to have dominated Fitzgerald since early adolescence. Like many of his friends who attended prep schools in the East, Fitzgerald attended a Catholic prep school in New Jersey between1911-13 where he met Father Sigourney Fay. Fay encouraged his ambitions for personal distinction and achievement. After the death of his maternal grandmother, his family's sizeable inheritance allowed Fitzgerald to attend Princeton University the following year. He reportedly remarked at this time to his friend, Edmund Wilson, " I want to be the greatest writer who ever lived, don't you"? (Connors 1) During his senior year, Fitzgerald joined the Army, and thinking he would die in the war, rapidly wrote a novel, "The Romantic Egotist." He later revised it as "This Side of Paradise." After falling in love with a southern bell, Zelda Sayre, the youngest daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court justice, he proposed marriage. Zelda, similar to Daisy's
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