The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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There are many authors in the literary world that have impacted humans’ lives on a day-to-day basis through their phenomenal works. These authors have done their very best in providing a good sense of entertainment to the public for many years. Some authors are very well known worldwide due to their established literary merit and sources of literary criticism. However, there is a particular author that is considered to be a Classic American Author, he is F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is well known for his most admired novel, The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby was impacted and inspired after
F. Scott and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald moved to Great Neck on Long Island in the early 1920s.
F. Scott Fitzgerald or also known as Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 24, 1896. He was a very healthy baby after his parents’ two previous children had died during infancy, due to disastrous epidemics. Fitzgerald was named after “The Star Spangled Banner” author, Francis Scott Key. Scott Key was an ancestor from his father’s side of the family whom they took much pride in. F. Scott Fitzgerald was the child of two Catholics, Edward and Mary McQuillan Fitzgerald. Mary was a daughter of an Irish immigrant who grew up in St. Paul. She was not very physically attractive, however she managed to be strongly influential to the people she surrounded, including her son. When Francis Scott was first born, his father Edward Fitzgerald was running a small business. After the business failed, he found work as a businessman in New York where the family had to move. The frequent moving forced Francis Scott to invent a more stable life on his own with a great deal of achievement, and success (Greenfeld 6).

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