The Failures And Succeses Of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What’s behind the brilliant mind that created The Great Gatsby and other F. Scott Fitzgerald works? Every author has their own set of inspirations and an eventual downfall of sorts. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was brought up to succeed in his writing, wholly inspired by the love of his life, Zelda Sayre, and eventually torn down by stress and alcoholism.
Fitzgerald’s life came to be in September of 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. His father, Edward Fitzgerald, an alcoholic and failed wicker furniture maker, had a proud aristocracy, which his wife, Mary (Mollie) McQuillan, was appreciative of. Mollie had an abundance of inheritance, but no family name to live up too. The family of Catholics ...view middle of the document...

In earl 1918, F. Scott Fitzgerald was stationed in Camp Sheridan near Montgomery, Alabama, where he met the soon-to -be love of his life Zelda Sayre. He had finally fallen in love despite his playboy air. She was an eighteen-year-old southern belle who was the only daughter of traditional Supreme Court judge. Zelda’s mere existence fueled Fitzgerald’s desire to succeed. Zelda, however, began to live as a flapper of her time, and refused to live on his advertising salary. Sick of waiting for his talent to take way, Zelda broke off their engagement. In 1919, Fitzgerald quit his advertising job and began writing This Side of Paradise, which became an overnight success.
A week after his instant success with his new novel, Fitzgerald and Zelda were married in New York. It was said that she married Fitzgerald out of her desire to abandon the conventional ways of her southern life; he paid no mind to this assumption. She became of muse for his fictional works as his novels mirrored their new life together. They continued to live a lavish life together and participated in the unconventional behavior of the twenties. They even continued this behavior when Zelda gave birth to their one and only child, a daughter, Scottie Fitzgerald.
After all of the fame of their early years, the stress took a great toll on Zelda Sayre. She began to have a negative affect on her husbands work with her free spiritedness. She was a flapper of the twenties and did what she pleased. Fitzgerald’s storied began to reflect this behavior. In 1930 she began to suffer from mental and physical breakdowns, and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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