His college friends included Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop. On academic probation and unlikely to graduate, Fitzgerald joined the army in 1917 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. Convinced that he would die in the war, he rapidly wrote a novel, "The Romantic Egotist"; the letter of rejection from Charles Scribner's Sons praised the novel's originality and asked tha... ... middle of paper ... ...contract was renewed for a year at $1,250 a week. This $91,000 from MGM was a great deal of money during the late Depression years when a new Chevrolet coupe cost $619; although Fitzgerald paid off most of his debts, he was unable to save. His trips East to visit Zelda were disastrous.
When Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood in the 1930s after his wife Zelda’s emotional collapse, is when he really took up drinking, and soon became known for it widely (Bruccoli n.p.) Many of the characters in his short stories and novels lived a Bacchic lifestyle, like Jay Gatsby of “The Great Gatsby” (USC n.p.) Fitzgerald lived a life of moderate wealth, but he went through the wealth faster than he could earn it (Bruccoli n.p.) This lifestyle that Fitzgerald lived is exactly like his writing style, and most likely contributed to the attitude of the stories. The short story, “Winter Dreams” defined the Fitzgerald style of writing beautifully.
His high school newspaper published his detective stories, encouraging him to pursue writing more than academics. He dropped out of Princeton University to join the army and continued to pursue his obsession. At 21 years of age, he submitted his first novel for publication and Charles Scribner's Sons rejected it, but with words of encouragement. Beginning a pattern of constant revising that would characterize his writing style for the rest of his career. The U.S. army, stationed him near Montgomery, Alabama in 1918, where he met and fell in love with Zelda Sayre.
While attending college, he wrote for the Princeton Tiger humor magazine, the Nassau Literary Magazine, and scripts and lyrics for the Princeton Triangle Club, all the while neglecting his studies. In 1917, on academic probation and unlikely to graduate, Fitzgerald dropped out of Princeton and joined the army. He was commissioned a s... ... middle of paper ... ...coon, in 1939, and had almost a full draft when he died of a heart attack in Graham’s apartment on December 21, 1940 (Teuber). In his own eyes, F. Scott Fitzgerald died a failure. It wasn’t until many years later that he was recognized as a notable author.
Scott F. Fitzgerald was a talented writer; however, the parallelism of his own personality, experiences, and struggles to those of the characters featured in his writing paved the way for his success in the literary world. Although the academic excellence of Fitzgerald at a young age allowed him to attend Princeton University, he made the decision to enroll in the army in 1917 after being placed on academic probation and realizing he had a slim likelihood of graduating (Bruccoli). The following year, at age twenty-two, he was temporarily stationed in Alabama where he fell in love with eighteen year-old Zelda Sayre. Even when his troops deployed to an alternate area, Fitzgerald remained committed to her despite the distance, and sent her an engagement ring with strong hopes of marrying her. To his despair, Zelda didn’t accept the proposal, declaring that Fitzgerald “couldn’t maintain the life she wanted for herself” (Popva), which led him into a three-week drinking binge where he drowned his heartbroken emotions in alcoh... ... middle of paper ... ...ff during one of her breakdowns, but even with her emotionally draining personality, Dick still loves his wife exactly like Fitzgerald loves Zelda.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born into a Catholic family in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. Educated in private prep schools and then at Princeton until 1917, when he enlisted in the army because he feared he wouldn’t graduate , he was a middle-class, Midwestern boy who coveted the wonders of the East. When he married Zelda Sayre, a southern, upper-class daughter of a wealthy Alabama Supreme Court judge , Fitzgerald thought he had it all. The couple lived the high life, moving back and forth between Paris, the Riviera, and New York, but after a while Fitzgerald became an old name and his money dwindled. After Zelda had her first mental breakdown in April 1930, Fitzgerald’s life went spiraling downhill.
We notice a few lives quite clearly through a self-portrait, a song, or even a book. Sometimes it isn’t as intentional as the artist meant it to be. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses events from his life so thoroughly in his novel, The Great Gatsby, leading us to believe he wrote the novel as a sort of autobiography emphasizing his interesting life and his relationship with his wife. Fitzgerald was ambitious at a young age, and seemed to always know he’d have a place in the world. As described in PBS’s biography of Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 24th, 1896, his father a failed wicker furniture salesman and his mother an Irish immigrant by the name of Mary (Mollie) McQuillan with a large inheritance (PBS).
Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul Minnesota on September 24, 1896. He was named after his second cousin and his sister that passed away before he was born. His father was an alcoholic when Francis was a young child; his mother was very ambitious he grew up around wealth and privilege. The first part of his childhood they lived in Buffalo, New York. He got into Princeton in 1913 he spent most of his time writing music for Triangular Club theatrical productions for the school.
There he met Father Sigourney Fay who was the first to encouraged Scott to pursue his literary talent. After graduating from Newman he stayed in New Jersey to hone his talents as a writer, to do so he attended Princeton in 1914, where he wrote for the Triangle Club, Princeton Tiger, and Nassau Literary Magazine. With Scott so focused with his writing, his classes suffered. Princeton had no choice but to put him on academic probation, and in 1917 he dropped out and joined the... ... middle of paper ... ...among the greatest American authors in history, the books and stories that he wrote showed that he indeed had a lot of potential but was wasted with partying, drinking, and fighting with his wife. F. Scott is a literally genius and is a writer all his own, he had a set of skills that no other author could match.
He spent two years at the Newman School then enrolled at Princeton in 1913. He was placed on academic probation in 1917 and figured that it was highly unlikely for him to graduate. So he left Princeton and went to the Army (“F. Scott Fitzgerald” St. James). Aside from Fitzgerald being a writer, he was also a soldier for about fifteen... ... middle of paper ... ...e rich and famous.