F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was an American short-story writer, a screenwriter, and a novelist. He is best known for his turbulent personal life with his wife, Zelda, both in America and in Europe (mainly France), and for what is now considered one of the Great American Novels, The Great Gatsby. Famous for his depictions of the Jazz Age (the 1920s), his works explores themes of ambition and loss, self-indulgence, love, romance, money and class, affording him with a well-deserved place in the American literary canon. By the time he completed his fourth novel, Tender is the Night, the Depression had rendered the Roaring Twenties outmoded, and Fitzgerald was considered irrelevant. He died of a heart attack in 1940, half-forgotten and a failure, before completing his final novel, The Last Tycoon (1941). Only posthumously his merits would be appreciated by critics, and today he s considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.