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F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald c. 1921
Fitzgerald c. 1921

Born

Francis Scott FitzgeraldSeptember 24, 1896 St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Died

December 21, 1940 Hollywood, California, U.S.

Resting place

Saint Mary's CemeteryRockville, Maryland

Occupation

Writer

Period

1920–1940

Spouse

Zelda ( m.  1920)

Children

Frances Scott Fitzgerald

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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer, whose works helped to illustrate the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age. While he achieved popular success, fame, and fortune in his lifetime, he did not receive much critical acclaim until after his death. Perhaps the most notable member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s, Fitzgerald is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Four collections of his short stories were published, as well as 164 short stories in magazines during his lifetime.

Born in 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to an upper-middle-class family, Fitzgerald was named after his famous second cousin, three times removed on his father's side, Francis Scott Key, but was always known as Scott Fitzgerald. He was also named after his deceased sister, Louise Scott Fitzgerald, one of two sisters who died shortly before his birth. "Well, three months before I was born," he wrote as an adult, "my mother lost her other two children ... I think I started then to be a writer."

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Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.

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Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.

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The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young.

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Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.

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Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

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Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.

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Forgotten is forgiven. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Forgotten is forgiven.

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forgiveness
I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.

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A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.

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His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours.

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Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.

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I'm a romantic a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I'm a romantic a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't.

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

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It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.

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Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.

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In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.

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