One summer, I read “The Beautiful and the Dammed,” “This Side of Paradise,” and “Tender is the Night.” I had previously read “The Great Gatsby” and have since reread it multiple times. I once went to a theatrical performance where the company read the entire “Great Gatsby” word for word. It took nine hours and was glorious. It was like a master class. At that time, I think I still really love “Tender is the Night” most. Although, if you have an hour, you should read “Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” it is available on Google Reader. Even though I said “Tender is the Night” is my favorite, I must say that the last paragraph of “The Great Gatsby” is probably the best ever written (it is on Scott and Zelda’s tombstone). I fell in love with them all over again after seeing “Midnight in Paris,” if you haven’t seen it, you should, it may inspire you to read his books.
NAME: F. Scott Fitzgerald
BIRTH DATE: September 24, 1896
DEATH DATE: December 21, 1940
EDUCATION: St. Paul Academy, Newman School, Princeton University
PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Paul, Minnesota
PLACE OF DEATH: Hollywood, California
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is 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 Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.
Novels such as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night were made into films, and in 1958 his life from 1937–1940 was dramatized in Beloved Infidel.
- You’ve Got to Sell Your Heart (waldina.com)
- How This Side of Paradise Was Born (waldina.com)
- The Great Gatsby (1974 film) – Not So Secret Obsession (waldina.com)