The life and art of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) mirror the excesses and sublime brilliance of the society that produced him. As the foremost chronicler of the outsized ambitions, appetites and failures that have consistently defined America, he is a writer with special relevance today.
At first Fitzgerald’s status as a hard-living celebrity threatened to overshadow his literary achievements. He made most of his money from his commercial short stories and became famous for his struggles with his mentally ill wife, Zelda, the autobiographical elements in his work and his alcoholism. Despite that reputation, Fitzgerald wrote sober and was meticulous about revision. Several years after his death of a heart-attack at age 44, critics re-evaluated his life’s work and declared The Great Gatsby a landmark American novel, thereby securing his place in the firmament of American letters.
Original Gatsby Manuscript Reproduced on Journal Cover
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