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A Week in Literary History

September 24th, 2002

In 1896, American novelist F. Scott (Francis Scott Key) Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, 1925) is born in St. Paul, Minn.

fitzgeraldfscottphoto.jpgF. Scott Fitzgerald, b. September 24, 1896, d. 1940

Before he immersed himself in Hollywood and drank himself to an early death, Fitzgerald was, for a moment, a writer of great lyrical beauty. The Great Gatsby is one of those rare literary works in which not a word could be changed for the better. But he could not cope with success, and his truncated career seems in retrospect a sad story of wasted talent.

Suggested Reading Stories Flappers and Philosophers, 1921. The Beautiful and Damned, 1922. Tales of the Jazz Age, 1922. All the Sad Young Men, 1926. Taps at Reveille, 1935. The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1951. The Pat Hobby Stories, 1962. Novels This Side of Paradise, 1920. The Great Gatsby, 1925. Tender is the Night, 1934. The Last Tycoon, 1941. Other The Crack-Up, edited by Edmund Wilson, 1945. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1963.

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