Black and white photograph of a young F. Scott Fitzgerald sitting at a desk.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

(1896 - 1940)

F. Scott Fitzgerald rose to fame in 1920 at the age of twenty-three with the publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, which his former Princeton classmate Edmund Wilson said “commits almost every sin that a novel can possibly commit: but it does not commit the unpardonable sin: it does not fail to live.” In 1925 he published The Great Gatsby, which T.S. Eliot called “the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James.” Fitzgerald died in 1940; during that year only seventy-two copies of his books were sold.

All Writing

Celibacy goes deeper than the flesh.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1920

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1938

Voices In Time

c. 1936 | New York City

Blowing into Town

F. Scott Fitzgerald takes a bite of the Big Apple.More

Miscellany

Among the anecdotes, descriptions, and stray ideas in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Note-Books, a collection modeled on Samuel Butler’s famous version of the same name, are the entries: “story of the ugly aunt in the album,” “sent a girl flowers on Mother’s Day,” “reversion to childhood typical of the only child.”

Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1945

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