Early life and family background[ edit ] Zelda Sayre at 19, in dance costume Born in Montgomery, AlabamaZelda Sayre was the youngest of six children. A spoiled child, Zelda was doted upon by her mother, but her father, Anthony Dickinson Sayre —  —a justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama and one of Alabama's leading jurists—was a strict and remote man. The family was descended from early settlers of Long Islandwho had moved to Alabama before the Civil War. By the time of Zelda's birth, the Sayres were a prominent Southern family.
A Brief Life of Fitzgerald Continued from previous page business and unwilling to live on his small salary, Zelda Sayre broke their engagement. Fitzgerald quit his job in July and returned to St.
Paul to rewrite his novel as This Side of Paradise. It was accepted by editor Maxwell Perkins of Scribners in September. In the fall-winter of Fitzgerald commenced his career as a writer of stories for the mass-circulation magazines.
Working through agent Harold Ober, Fitzgerald interrupted work on his novels to write moneymaking popular fiction for the rest of his life. The publication of This Side of Paradise on March 26,made the twenty-four-year-old Fitzgerald famous almost overnight, and a week later he married Zelda Sayre in New York.
They embarked on an extravagant life as young celebrities. Fitzgerald endeavored to earn a solid literary reputation, but his playboy image impeded the proper assessment of his work.
After a riotous summer in Westport, Connecticut, the Fitzgeralds took an apartment in New York City; there he wrote his second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, a naturalistic chronicle of the dissipation of Anthony and Gloria Patch. When Zelda Fitzgerald became pregnant they took their first trip to Europe in and then settled in St.
Paul for the birth of their only child, Frances Scott Scottie Fitzgerald, who was born in October The Fitzgeralds expected to become affluent from his play, The Vegetable. The distractions of Great Neck and New York prevented Fitzgerald from making progress on his third novel.
During this time his drinking increased. He was an alcoholic, but he wrote sober. There were frequent domestic rows, usually triggered by drinking bouts.May 31, · F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is widely regarded as one of the most influential works of the 20th century.
If great art is born of great misery, that might help explain Gatsby's success. Watch video · American author, artist and socialite Zelda Fitzgerald was the wife and muse of author F. Scott Fitzgerald and an icon of the Roaring Twenties.
Due to Zelda’s failing health, she was unable to. Watch video · F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Books 'This Side of Paradise' () This Side of Paradise is a largely autobiographical story about love and greed. The .
F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Dream Named for another famous American, a distant cousin who authored the Star Spangled Banner, Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul Minnesota on September 24, The dominant influences on F. Scott Fitzgerald were aspiration, literature, Princeton, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, , the namesake and second cousin three times removed of the author of the National Anthem. Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was a Jazz Age novelist and short story writer who is considered to be among the greatest twentieth-century American writers.
Born on September 24, , he was the only son of an aristocratic father and a provincial, working-class mother.