Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S on 24 September 1896. He was an  American fiction writer, whose works illustrate the Jazz Age. While he achieved limited success in his lifetime, he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the «Lost Generation» of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of ParadiseThe Beautiful and DamnedThe 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.
Paris in the 1920s proved the most influential decade of Fitzgerald’s development. Fitzgerald made several excursions to Europe, mostly Paris and the French Riviera, and became friends with many members of the American expatriate community in Paris, notably Ernest Hemingway. 
Fitzgerald, an alcoholic since college, became notorious during the 1920s for his extraordinarily heavy drinking which would undermine his health by the late 1930s. He suffered two heart attacks in the late 1930s. Fitzgerald had died of a heart attack at age 44, on 21 December 1940.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
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