The Jazz Age : F. Scott Fitzgerald And The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Jazz Age: F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is arguably Fitzgerald’s greatest work and has been labeled as one of the most influential and iconic pieces of 20th century American literature. The novel is a reflection of Fitzgerald’s life during the 1920s (otherwise known as the Jazz Age; coined by Fitzgerald himself). The Great Gatsby was seen as controversial during the time of its publication due to its use of “language and sexual references in the book.”(Lombardi). However, Fitzgerald’s elegant and earthy portrayal of the social and economic characteristics of the 1920s proved to outweigh the criticism it faced following its publication in 1925.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896 to an upper middle class family consisting of his father, Edward Fitzgerald, an unsuccessful furniture salesman, his mother, Mary McQuillan, who was an Irish immigrant with an ample inheritance, as well as his sister Louise Scott Fitzgerald (Willet). He began writing detective stories during his high school years which in turn inspired him to pursue writing more earnestly than academics. After high school, he dropped out of Princeton University to join the military during World War I and began writing everything from magazine articles to musical lyrics. In 1919, Fitzgerald submitted his novel This Side of Paradise to Scribner’s Sons and finally, after the third attempt at publication, the novel was…

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