F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography By Jeffrey Meyers

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Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers is about the famous American author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. One of his friends once called him, “the most sensitive . . . the most distinguished – the most gifted and intelligent of all his contemporaries. And the most lovable – he is one of those great tragic American figures.” He is prominently known for his famous Roaring Twenties novel The Great Gatsby. Many of his novels are about the luxurious American Dream life and recreations of events throughout his life. The major events in his life was his marriage with Zelda, his drinking problems, and his writings. Scott joined the army after realizing he could not pass his classes at Princeton. In July of 1918, he met his future wife, Zelda Sayre. …show more content…
Though she seemed like a perfect person, she had some flaws as well. She was very rude and selfish. In April of 1919, they became engaged. He loved her a lot and would have done anything for her. She, however, was like Daisy from The Great Gatsby. She would not marry him until he achieved financial success. Although he was disappointed, he went to New York and began to write his first novel The Side of Paradise. After working long and hard on it, the novel got accepted and he instantly became famous and Zelda and Scott became married shortly after. Their marriage was not the best in the world. Throughout the years, both of them had different affairs with different people while Fitzgerald was away writing his novels. On October 26, 1921, they had their first and only child Scottie Fitzgerald. She grew up with hired nannies and Scott and Zelda were not really a part of her life. Zelda as she grew older began to have mental problems. She was sent to different rehabilitation centers when she would try to commit suicide. The doctors officially confirmed that she was …show more content…
He could not handle Zelda’s craziness or how much in debt he was in. He was a heavy drinker for most of his life. He would attend many parties and end up getting into fist fights because he was so drunk and started doing wild things. He admitted that he wrote better when he was drinking. Ring Lardner, a good friend of Scott, became his drinking role model and was “the mirror image of the doomed drinker that Scott feared he might become”. He never found the reason for his drinking problem until the last year of his life and brought it under control. Alcohol led to violence, change in personality, and self-deception. Many doctors, throughout his life wanted to help him with his drinking problem, but every time they asked he refused. Later on, he allowed the doctors to help him and they were able to figure out why he would drink so much. Fitzgerald suffered from hypoglycemia, or lack of sugar in the blood. Even though alcohol took a toll on his life, he wrote some amazing

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