Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on September 24, 1896, Fitzgerald was born in a middle class environment. Growing up as a kid, he showed signs of a very vivid imagination. He attended Princeton University, where he involved himself in the literary life of the school. He became part of Princeton’s famous Triangle Club. At Princeton, Fitzgerald had his heart broken he went into the army with the intention of finding death in battle. While in the army, Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayre who would come to be his wife. Later, their relationship would become a symbol of the decadent Jazz age.
Life as a Writer
Much of Fitzgerald’s life was defined as a short story writer. Although he wasn’t a particularly big fan of most of his short stories, he used it as a means to pay for Zelda’s extravagant lifestyle. In total, Fitzgerald published 160+ short stories. However, Fitzgerald began to write novels as well, such as The Great Gatsby and The Beautiful and Damned. Most of his literary work dealt with the decadence and excess of the roaring twenties, filled with characters that were morally complex and flawed. However, as a result of his literary decline and eventual slip into alcoholism, Fitzgerald found himself living in poverty towards the end of his life. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of 44.
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