Fitzgerald's The Crack Up By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the most renowned American authors in the 1920s. He has written many novels including, The Great Gatsby and The Side of Paradise. He knew from a young age that he wanted to be a writer. Through all the trials he faced in his short life, he still managed to make time to write. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writings was influenced by all of the alcohol he consumed, his loving, yet insane wife Zelda, and the years he spent at Princeton.
Alcohol was seen throughout his writings. He drank alcohol to cope with depression. According to Jeffrey Meyers in his book Scott Fitzgerald: a biography, “The Crack Up is an attempt to account for his personal decay” (300). Harold Bloom said, “Fitzgerald repeatedly got himself into trouble, often as a result of his drinking. His future as a writer was in question, as was his relationship with Zelda, and when he could not cope he turned to alcohol. After only a few drinks, Fitzgerald could quickly lose his charm and become argumentative and disagreeable” (19). He would drink to get Zelda’s insaneness out of his mind. In the article “F. Scott Fitzgerald”, written by C.D. Merriman, he said, “But Fitzgerald’s alcoholism continually
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In 1927, Fitzgerald admitted he was an alcoholic. “Excessive drinking was wrecking him for short periods and long, not only as a writer but also as a social being” Kenneth Eugene Eble said (102-103). In the “America’s Drunkest Writer” article by Jimmy So, Fitzgerald once said, “I have lived hard and ruined the essential innocence in myself that could make it that possible, and the fact that I have abused liquor is something to be paid for with suffering and death perhaps but not renunciation.” After publishing The Great Gatsby, six years later, he died of an alcohol-induced heart attack at 46 in 1940. He thought he was a failure before he died because none of his novels received anything more than a commercial (“F. Scott Fitzgerald”

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