Essay about F. Scott Fitzgerald 's Biography
"F. Scott Fitzgerald." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Biography in Context. Web. 1 Apr. 2016.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, was a distant cousin of Francis Scott Key→ Similar to Nick and Daisy’s relationship
Fitzgerald 's father, Edward, was viewed as an old southerner, from Maryland, and his mother, Mary McQuillan, was the daughter of an Irish immigrant who was a successful grocery wholesaler in St. Paul, Minnesota → not a very wealthy family.
“Fitzgerald enrolled at Princeton University in the fall of 1913.”
“In 1917, after being placed on academic probation and realizing that he was unlikely to graduate, he dropped out of Princeton and joined the army, earning a commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry.” → similar to Gatsby because they both did not graduate college instead, they joined the military.
“Fitzgerald dropped out of Princeton because he knew he was unlikely to graduate” → shows how both him and Gatsby are so quick to give up on “working for success”
While he was in Alabama he met Zelda Sayre, the youngest debutant and daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. This is where the most famous and tragic romances in American history begun.
“Fitzgerald pursued Zelda with vigor but was not particularly well liked by her family, who thought he was an ill-suited match for their daughter.”
In 1919 he left for New York with a plan to marry Zelda → similar goals