Title: The Great Gatsby Publication Date: 1925
Author: Francis Scott Fitzgerald Nationality: American
Author’s Birth/Death Date: September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940
Distinguishing Traits of Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald was a novelist and scriptwriter, born in Minnesota to an Irish-Catholic Family. Due to his father’s job as a salesman, Fitzgerald and his family moved around in upstate New York until he reached the age of 12, which correlates with the scenery he sets in The Great Gatsby between the West Egg and East Egg of New York. As his life progressed, certain aspects of Fitzgerald’s life began to reflect in his novel, The Great Gatsby. When he was 15 years old, his parents sent him to a…show more content… The difference between the two is that Fitzgerald earned enough money to convince Zelda to marry him, while Gatsby earned his money in an untimely fashion, causing Daisy to move on to other men. After the completion of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald began to succumb to the temptation of alcohol while his wife suffered from mental illnesses. She later was admitted to a mental health hospital, inspiring the story of Tender is the Night. Despite never achieving much success while he was alive, Fitzgerald is now regarded as one of the greatest American authors of all time.
Setting: The novel of The Great Gatsby takes place in Long Island and New York during the eventful summer of 1922. On a “slender riotous island which extends itself due east of New York” (4), there are two bodies of land, identical in their egg-like shape, which are separated by a bay of water. The West Egg, the less luxurious of the two, is where Gatsby’s and Nick Carraway’s houses reside. Nick, being a modest and humble man, lived at the very tip of the egg and wedged between two grand homes. It was “an eyesore, but it was a small one” (5). To the right of his home was Jay Gatsby’s mansion, which resembled the Hotel de Ville in Normandy. His less-than-humble abode featured a tower on one side covered in raw ivy, a marble swimming pool, and a vast amount