Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald and His Work
By the time F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, he had
already amassed an impressive literary resume. From his first commercial
publication of the short story, “Babes in the Woods” at age 23 to “The Sensible
Thing” at age 28, Fitzgerald published fourteen short stories, one play, two
collections of short stories, and two novels. His first novel, This Side of
Paradise, made Fitzgerald a celebrity. The second, “The Beautiful and the
Damned,” was serialized in Metropolitan Magazine. Few American writers published
as many well-received short stories in the fiction market as Fitzgerald during
this time. After publication of his second short story collection in 1922, he
was recognized as the eloquent spokesperson for the Jazz Age. Among his short
stories that addressed the aspirations of the generation coming of age in the
Roaring Twenties, many continue to appear in popular, literary anthologies
today. Among these are “Bernice Bobs her Hair,” “The Diamond as Big as the
Ritz,” “The Debutante,” “Absolution,” and “Winter Dreams.” Later works by
Fitzgerald such as “Babylon Revisited” also appear frequently in modern
Much of his work during this early period is connected by a theme of aspiration.
Fitzgerald’s personality reflects this theme. In fact, his name carries a legacy
of past accomplishments and future expectations. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896, the namesake of his distant but
distinguished cousin who authored the National Anthem. The stature of his
namesake was brought home to him…
…e, they saw that Scott Fitzgerald was more than worthy of
burial in the Catholic cemetery his father was in” (Connor 3). Fitzgerald’s body
was moved in the1980’s to the site he had asked for in the 1940’s. Public notice
of the event was not given. The Church also added a monument and inscribed Nick
Carroway’s final sentence in The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the
current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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http://acs.tamu.edu/~jtc5085/index.htm. October 17, 1996.
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http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/biography.html. October 18, 1996.
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