Wednesday, September 24, 2014

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Novelist

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Novelist

Written by Author Roy Murry

I was going to write an article about Fitzgerald and his novel The Great Gatsby, but decided to write two separate articles. This is about the man.

Fitzgerald lived what he wrote. He coined the words, “The Jazz Age” in the Great Gatsby and used the term he lived in some of his other novels: Lost Generation, and The Love of the Last Tycoon.

Many of his writings became movies and are part of his legacy. To name a few, they are Gatsby, of course, Tender is the Night, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

He married Zelda Sayer after a long courtship because of Fitzgerald’s lack of funds. They eventually married and became infamous figures of the Jazz Age Society. Zelda’s emotional instability and Fitzgerald’s alcoholism almost destroyed the marriage. They had one child Frances Scott “Scotty” Fitzgerald.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose prompt one critic to note about Gatsby, “There is no such thing…as a flawless novel. But if there is, this is it." For me it, this was the most enjoyable 187 pages I read in college.

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