Essay about F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was simply best known for his novel, The Great Gatsby. He lived to the age of 44, aspiring to achieve great writing success. Throughout his life he suffered many difficulties in writing and in his personal life, which led people to assume he was not a serious writer. Now, he is a well known author praised for his works and style. He is considered one of the leading authors in the history of American literature since his death in 1940 (“F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Bio.com).
F. “Scott” Fitzgerald, or Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, was born on September 24, 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was named after a distant but well known relative, Francis Scott Key, the author of The Star Spangled Banner ("F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Britannica). Fitzgerald’s mother came from a Irish-Catholic family that made a small fortune as wholesale grocers, while his father had many unlucky experiences within his careers. After losing his wicker furniture business, his job as a salesman for Procter & Gamble forced the family to move back and forth between Buffalo and Syracuse in New York until 1908, when he also lost that job. When Scott was 12, the family moved back to Minnesota to live off of his mother’s inheritance. Between moving, F. Scott Fitzgerald attended St. Paul Academy until he was 15 and was sent to Newman School in Hackensack, New Jersey. There he was influenced by Father Sigourney Fay, who encouraged him to pursue his joys of writing. After graduating…

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