Mar 26, 2016
Born in St. Paul MN, in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald was the proud namesake and cousin three times removed of Francis Scott Key, the writer of the American National Anthem. He excelled in writing at Princeton, then entered the army during WWI, rising to the rank of Lt Colonel. After his service, he fell in love with an Alabama socialite and eventually married her, when income from his first big success "This Side of Paradise" made their marriage feasible. They married in new York and lived extravagantly, a pattern which would place them in debt and under the influence of the pressures caused by wild living and constant drinking. His writing was making money, and they traveled to Europe, then settled in St.Paul, then moved to New York, and during h=this time his wife Zelda began to suffer from bouts of depression, a problem which would force her into full mental care in years to come. In the spring of 1924 Fitzgerald wrote his greatest novel, "The Great Gatsby", and the pair traveled to Paris, Rome, and then Hollywood, following his writing talents and living the good life. By the fall of 1931 their lives had taken a turn for the worse-his from alcoholism and hers from mental illness, and in 1932 Zelda checked into Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, from there spending the rest of her days as a resident or outpatient of sanitoriums. In December of 1940, Fitzgerald died, believing himself a failure, but between 1950 and the mid sixties, the consciousness of the quality of his work increased to the point where he was considered one of the greatest American authors.