Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

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The “Jazz Age,” was a time in American history rich in history and literature, and no one defined it better than F. Scott Fitzgerald. In fact, Fitzgerald was first to coin the term in 1922 in his book, “The Great Gatsby” (USC n.p.) Fitzgerald stated that the 20s “…was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire" (Bruccoli n.p.) Fitzgerald, by many scholars opinions, defined the American 1920s and 30s, and offers a unique perspective on the time period that was oh so new to the minds of Americans of the time. Those in his novels and short stories like that of “Winter Dreams,” are filled with this sort of unruly-attitude previously unseen by men and women before the 20s and 30s. But Fitzgerald’s unique writing style and purpose was not an accident, and was the result of many events that occurred throughout his rather short life.
One of the ways F. Scott Fitzgerald became who he came to be was through his heavy drinking. Although he only wrote when sober, much of his time spent during the latter part of his life was spent behind a bottle (Bruccoli n.p.) 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. The cri...

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...the most famous writers ever (Bruccoli n.p.) The man to coin the term “Jazz Age,” in doing so, defined an entire era in American history (USC n.p.) Fitzgerald put it simply this way, “ it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire" (Bruccoli n.p.)

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Baremore, Annaleigh. “An Analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s: Winter Dreams.” TeenInk. Emerson Media, n.d. Web. 14 May 2014.
Bruccoli, Matthew J. “A Brief Life of Fitzgerald.” Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, n.d. Web. 07 May 2014.
“Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald.” 2014. The Biography.com Website. Web. 08 May, 2014.
USC. “A Brief Life of Fitzgerald.” Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina, 04 Dec. 2003. Web. 05 May 2014

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