American Authors

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Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott) (1896-1940)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896-1940, became a chronicler of his age. His first book caught the mood of the generation growing-up in the jazz age. He could have been the character from one of his books, handsome, witty and charming, married to the glamourous Zelda; they both lived life as though it were one continuous party. With the crumbling of his personal life his public acclaim diminished, but his finest novel The Great Gatsby is seen as a sensitive and symbolic treatment of what is often referred to as the 'American dream'.

Hart, James D. "F. Scott Fitzgerald." The Oxford Companion to American Literature, revisions and additions by Phillip W Leininger, sixth edition, Oxford University Press, p. 217.

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  • The Great Gatsby [Paramount Pictures, 1974] starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow ; and The Great Gatsby [Bazmark Film III, 2013] starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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  • Mok, Michael, 18 September, 2007, 'One blow after another ... and finally something snapped'. This is an edited version of "The Other Side of Paradise, Scott Fitzgerald, 40, Engulfed in Despair" by Michel Mok, first published in the New York Post, September 25 1936, in The Guardian, Great Interviews of the 20th century.