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F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald in 1921
Fitzgerald in 1921
BornFrancis Scott Key Fitzgerald
(1896-09-24)September 24, 1896
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedDecember 21, 1940(1940-12-21) (aged 44)
Hollywood, California
Resting placeSaint Mary's Cemetery
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Pen namePaul Elgin
Years active1920–1940
Spouse
(m. 1920)
ChildrenFrances Scott Fitzgerald
Signature

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short story writer. He was best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term which he popularized. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four collections of short stories, and 164 short stories. Although he temporarily achieved popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald only received critical acclaim after his death and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

Born into a middle-class family in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald was primarily raised in New York. He attended Princeton University, but due to a failed relationship with socialite Ginevra King and a preoccupation with writing, he dropped out in 1917 to join the United States Army. While stationed in Alabama, he romantically pursued Zelda Sayre, a Southern debutante who belonged to Montgomery's exclusive country club set. Although she initially rejected him due to his lack of financial prospects, Zelda agreed to marry Fitzgerald after he had published the commercially successful This Side of Paradise (1920). The novel became a cultural sensation and cemented Fitzgerald's reputation as one of the eminent writers of the decade.

His second novel, The Beautiful and Damned (1922), further propelled him into the cultural elite. To maintain his affluent lifestyle, he wrote numerous stories for popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Weekly, and Esquire. During this period, Fitzgerald frequented Europe, where he befriended modernist writers and artists of the "Lost Generation" expatriate community, including Ernest Hemingway. His third novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), received generally favorable reviews but was a commercial failure, selling fewer than 23,000 copies in its first year. Despite its lackluster debut, The Great Gatsby is now widely praised, with some labeling it the "Great American Novel". Following the deterioration of his wife's mental health and her placement in a mental institute for schizophrenia, Fitzgerald completed his final novel, Tender Is the Night (1934).

Struggling financially due to the declining popularity of his works amid the Great Depression, Fitzgerald turned to Hollywood, writing and revising screenplays. While residing in Hollywood, he cohabited with columnist Sheilah Graham, his final companion before his death. After a long struggle with alcoholism, he finally attained sobriety only to die of a heart attack in 1940, at the age of 44. An unfinished fifth novel, The Last Tycoon (1941), was completed by his friend Edmund Wilson and published after Fitzgerald's death.

Life

Early life and education

Fitzgerald, unbreeched as a child in Minnesota
Fitzgerald, unbreeched as a child in Minnesota

Born on September 24, 1896, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to a middle-class family, Fitzgerald was named after his second cousin thrice removed, Francis Scott Key, but was always known as Scott Fitzgerald.[1] Fitzgerald was also named after his deceased sister, Louise Scott Fitzgerald, one of two sisters who died shortly before his birth.[2] "Well, three months before I was born," he wrote as an adult, "my mother lost her other two children ... I think I started then to be a writer".[3] His father, Edward Fitzgerald, descended from Irish and English ancestry,[4] and moved to St. Paul from Maryland after the American Civil War.[5] His mother was Mary "Molly" McQuillan Fitzgerald, the daughter of an Irish immigrant who had made his fortune in the wholesale grocery business.[6] Edward's first cousin twice removed, Mary Surratt, was hanged in 1865 for conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.[7]

The Fitzgeralds' home in Buffalo. The Fitzgerald family never owned a house; they only rented.[8]
The Fitzgeralds' home in Buffalo. The Fitzgerald family never owned a house; they only rented.[8]

Edward Fitzgerald had earlier worked as a wicker furniture salesman; when the business failed, he joined Procter & Gamble in Buffalo, New York.[9] Fitzgerald spent the first decade of his childhood primarily in Buffalo with a short interlude in Syracuse between January 1901 and September 1903.[10] His parents, both Catholic, sent him to two Catholic schools on the West Side of Buffalo, first Holy Angels Convent (1903–1904, now disused) and then Nardin Academy (1905–1908).[11] Fitzgerald's formative years revealed him to be a boy of unusual intelligence with a keen early interest in literature.[12] His mother's money supplemented the family income and enabled the family to live in a comfortable lifestyle.[13] In a rather unconventional style of parenting, Fitzgerald attended Holy Angels with the arrangement that he go for only half a day—and allowed to choose which half.[14]

In March 1908, Procter & Gamble fired his father, and the family returned to Minnesota, where Fitzgerald attended St. Paul Academy from 1908 to 1911.[15] At the age of 13, Fitzgerald had his first work, a detective story, published in the school newspaper.[16] In 1911, Fitzgerald's parents sent him to the Newman School, a Catholic prep school in Hackensack, New Jersey.[17] At Newman, Father Sigourney Fay recognized his literary potential and encouraged him to become a writer.[18] Mentored by Fay, Fitzgerald played on Newman's football team.[19] After graduating from Newman in 1913, Fitzgerald enrolled at Princeton University and became one of the few Catholics in the student body.[20] Trying out for the football team, the coach rejected him the first day of practice.[21]

At Princeton, Fitzgerald's classmates included future writers, critics, historians, and aviators such as Edmund Wilson, John Peale Bishop, George R. Stewart, and Elliott White Springs.[22] As the semesters passed, he formed close friendships with Wilson and Bishop, both of whom would later aid his literary career.[22] Fitzgerald wrote for the Princeton Triangle Club, the Princeton Tiger, and the Nassau Lit.[23] He became involved in the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, which ran the Nassau Lit.[24] Four of the University's eating clubs sent him bids at midyear, and he chose the University Cottage Club where Fitzgerald's desk and writing materials are still displayed in its library.[25]

F. Scott Fitzgerald in his army uniform (left) and Chicago socialite Ginevra King (right)

Amid his sophomore year at Princeton, Fitzgerald returned home to Saint Paul during Christmas break.[26] At a winter sledding party on Summit Avenue,[27] the 19-year-old Fitzgerald met 16-year-old Chicago beauty and debutante Ginevra King with whom he fell deeply[a] in love.[29][30] The couple began a romantic relationship that would span several years.[31] Obsessed with Ginevra, Fitzgerald inundated her with passionate love letters and insisted he would be devoted to her for the remainder of his life.[32] She would become his literary model for the characters of Isabelle Borgé in This Side of Paradise and Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby as well as many other characters in his novels and short stories.[33][34] While Fitzgerald attended Princeton, Ginevra attended Westover, a nearby Connecticut women's school.[35] He visited Ginevra at Westover until her abrupt expulsion for flirting with a crowd of young male admirers from her dormitory window.[36] Her immediate return to Lake Forest, Illinois, prevented further weekly courtship.[36]

Despite the great distance now separating them, Fitzgerald still attempted to pursue Ginevra, and he traveled across the country to visit her family's lavish estate at Lake Forest.[37] Although Ginevra loved him,[38] her upper-class family belittled Scott's courtship due to his lower-class status.[39] In contrast to Ginevra's other suitors who were the wealthy scions of business executives, Fitzgerald's relative poverty precluded him as a match in the eyes of her parents.[39] Her imperious father Charles Garfield King purportedly told a young Fitzgerald that "poor boys shouldn't think of marrying rich girls".[40][41] When Ginevra ended the relationship in January 1917, a distraught Fitzgerald requested that Ginevra destroy his romantic letters professing his love.[42][31] Despite this demand, he never destroyed King's letters and, after his death in 1940, the letters were returned to King who kept them until her death.[43][44]

Rejected by Ginevra as a suitor and discouraged by his lack of success at Princeton, a suicidal Fitzgerald enlisted in the United States Army amid World War I and received a commission as a second lieutenant.[45][46] While awaiting deployment[b] to the Western front where he hoped to die in combat,[46] he was stationed in a training camp at Fort Leavenworth under the command of Captain Dwight Eisenhower, the future General of the Army and United States President.[48] Fitzgerald purportedly chafed under Eisenhower's authority and intensely disliked him.[49] Hoping to have a novel published before his departure for Europe, Fitzgerald hastily wrote a 120,000-word manuscript entitled The Romantic Egotist in three months.[50] Upon submitting the manuscript to publishers, Scribners rejected it,[51] although the impressed reviewer Max Perkins praised Fitzgerald's writing and encouraged him to resubmit the novel after further revisions.[52]

Early struggles and meteoric success

A sketch of Zelda Sayre by artist Gordon Bryant published in Metropolitan Magazine
A sketch of Zelda Sayre by artist Gordon Bryant published in Metropolitan Magazine

In June 1918, Fitzgerald was garrisoned with the 45th and 67th Infantry Regiments at Camp Sheridan near Montgomery, Alabama.[53] Attempting to rebound from his rejection by Ginevra, Fitzgerald began dating a variety of young Montgomery women.[54] While at a local country club, Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayre, a vivacious 17-year-old Southern belle and the youngest daughter of Alabama Supreme Court Justice Anthony D. Sayre.[55] The affluent granddaughter of a Confederate Senator[c] whose extended family owned the White House of the Confederacy,[58][59] Zelda was one of the most celebrated debutantes of Montgomery's exclusive country club set.[60] Fitzgerald embarked upon a whirlwind courtship with Zelda and a romance soon blossomed,[61] although he continued to write Ginevra asking in vain if there was any chance of resuming their former relationship.[62] Three days after Ginevra married wealthy Chicago businessman William "Bill" Mitchell,[d] Fitzgerald professed his love to Zelda in September 1918.[64]

Fitzgerald's sojourn in Montgomery was briefly interrupted in November 1918 when he was transferred northward to Camp Mills, Long Island.[65][66] While stationed there, the Allied Powers signed an armistice with Germany, and the war ended.[67] Dispatched back to the base near Montgomery to await discharge, he renewed his pursuit of Zelda.[68] During this period, Fitzgerald began to rely on Zelda for literary inspiration and plagiarized sentences from her diary while revising his first novel.[69] Together, Scott and Zelda engaged in what he would later call "sexual recklessness," and by December 1918, they had sexually consummated[e] their relationship.[65][72] Although Fitzgerald initially did not intend to marry Zelda,[73] the couple gradually viewed themselves as informally engaged although Zelda declined to marry him until he proved financially successful.[74][75]

Upon his discharge on February 14, 1919, he relocated to New York City, where he unsuccessfully begged each of the city editors of the various newspapers for a job.[76] He then turned to writing advertising copy to sustain himself while seeking a breakthrough as an author of fiction.[77] Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda frequently, and by March 1920, he had sent Zelda his mother's ring, and the two became officially engaged.[78] Several of Fitzgerald's friends opposed the match as they deemed Zelda to be ill-suited for Scott.[79] Likewise, Zelda's Episcopalian family were wary of Scott due to his Catholic background, precarious finances, and excessive drinking.[80]

Attempting to make his fortune in New York City, Fitzgerald worked for the Barron Collier advertising agency and lived in a single room at 200 Claremont Avenue in the Morningside Heights neighborhood on Manhattan's west side.[81][76] Although he received a small raise for creating a catchy slogan—"We keep you clean in Muscatine"—for an Iowa laundry,[82] Fitzgerald subsisted in relative poverty. Still aspiring to a lucrative career in literature, he wrote several short stories and satires in his spare time.[83] Rejected over 120 times, he only sold a single story, "Babes in the Woods," and received a pittance of $30.[84][81]

Fitzgerald's debut novel, This Side of Paradise (left) became a cultural sensation in the United States. Soon after, The Saturday Evening Post published his short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (right).

With his dreams of a lucrative career in New York City dashed, he could not convince Zelda that he would be able to support her, leading her to break off the engagement in June 1919.[85] In the wake of Fitzgerald's earlier rejection by Ginevra two years prior, his subsequent rejection by Zelda greatly dispirited him.[86] At a time when Prohibition-era New York City was experiencing the birth pangs of the raucous Jazz Age, Fitzgerald felt defeated and rudderless: two women had rejected him in succession; he detested[f] his advertising job; his short stories failed to sell; he couldn't afford new clothes, and his overall future seemed bleak.[88] Unable to earn a successful living, Fitzgerald publicly threatened to jump to his death from a window ledge[g] of the Yale Club,[90] and he carried a revolver while contemplating suicide on a daily basis.[89]

In July, Fitzgerald quit his advertising job in New York City and returned to St. Paul.[91] Having returned to his hometown as a failure, Fitzgerald became a social recluse and lived in the top floor of parent's home at 599 Summit Avenue, on Cathedral Hill.[92] He decided to make one last attempt to become a novelist and to stake everything on the success or failure of a book.[91] Abstaining from alcohol and parties,[92] he worked day and night to revise The Romantic Egotist as This Side of Paradise—an autobiographical account of his Princeton years as well as his romances with Ginevra, Zelda, and others.[93]

Scribner's accepted his revised manuscript in the fall of 1919, and the novel appeared in bookstores on March 26, 1920. An instant success, This Side of Paradise sold 41,075 copies in the first year.[94] Within months of its publication, his debut novel became a cultural sensation in the United States, and F. Scott Fitzgerald became a household name.[95] Critics such as H.L. Mencken hailed the work as "the best American novel that I have seen of late,"[96] and newspaper columnists described the work as the first realistic American college novel.[97] The work catapulted Fitzgerald's career as a writer. Magazines now accepted his previously rejected stories, and The Saturday Evening Post published his story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" with his name on its May 1920 cover.[98]

Following this financial success, Zelda resumed their engagement as Fitzgerald could now pay for her accustomed[h] lifestyle.[101] Although re-engaged, Fitzgerald's feelings for Zelda were at an all-time low, and he remarked to a friend, "I wouldn't care if she died, but I couldn't stand to have anybody else marry her".[92] Despite mutual reservations,[102][103] they married in a simple ceremony on April 3, 1920, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York.[104] At the time of their wedding, Fitzgerald claimed neither he nor Zelda still loved each other,[102] and the early years of their marriage were more akin to a friendship.[103][105]

New York and the Jazz Age

It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald in Tales of the Jazz Age

Living in luxury at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City,[106] the newly-wed couple became celebrities as much for their wild behavior as for the success of Fitzgerald's debut novel. At the Biltmore, Scott did handstands in the lobby,[107] while Zelda slid down the hotel banisters.[108] After several weeks, the hotel asked them to leave for disturbing other guests.[107] The couple relocated two blocks to the Commodore Hotel on 42nd Street where they spent half-an-hour spinning in the revolving door.[109] One day, on a whim, they jumped into a water fountain at Union Square while sober.[110][111] Fitzgerald likened their juvenile behavior in New York City to two "small children in a great bright unexplored barn".[112] Writer Dorothy Parker first encountered the couple riding on the roof of a taxi.[113] "They did both look as though they had just stepped out of the sun," Parker recalled, "their youth was striking. Everyone wanted to meet him".[113]

As a celebrated novelist, many admirers sought out Fitzgerald's acquaintanceship. He met journalist Rebecca West,[114] playwright Zoe Akins,[114] cartoonist Rube Goldberg,[115] actress Laurette Taylor,[115] and many others.[116] He became close friends with critics George Jean Nathan and H.L. Mencken, the influential co-editors of The Smart Set magazine who led an ongoing cultural war against puritanism in American arts.[117] At the peak of his commercial success and cultural salience, Fitzgerald recalled "riding in a taxi one afternoon between very tall buildings" and weeping when he realized that he "would never be so happy again".[112]

Fitzgerald's ephemeral happiness mirrored the societal giddiness of the Jazz Age which "raced along under its own power, served by great filling stations full of money".[118] In Fitzgerald's eyes, the era represented a morally permissive time when Americans became disillusioned with prevailing social norms and obsessed with self-gratification.[119] During this hedonistic period, alcohol increasingly fueled the Fitzgeralds' social life.[120] At every outing, they consumed gin-and-fruit concoctions.[107] Publicly, their alcohol intake meant little more than napping at parties, but privately it led to bitter arguments.[121] As their quarrels grew more intense, they remarked to friends that their marriage would not last much longer.[122] Amid these arguments, Zelda accused Fitzgerald of extramarital relations with Tallulah Bankhead, while Scott viewed her dalliances at parties with mounting suspicion.[123] The dissipated couple soon became viewed as the epitome of Jazz Age excess, with journalist Ring Lardner Jr. labeling them "the prince and princess of their generation".[124] After their eviction from the Commodore Hotel, the couple relocated in May 1920 to a cottage at Westport, Connecticut, within sight of Long Island Sound.[107]

Fitzgerald in 1923

In Winter 1921, his wife became pregnant as Fitzgerald worked on his second novel The Beautiful and Damned, and the couple traveled to his home in St. Paul, Minnesota to have the child.[125] On October 26, 1921, Zelda gave birth to their daughter and only child Frances Scott "Scottie" Fitzgerald.[126] As she emerged from the anesthesia, he recorded Zelda saying, "Oh, God, goofo [sic] I'm drunk. Mark Twain. Isn't she smart—she has the hiccups. I hope it's beautiful and a fool—a beautiful little fool".[127] Fitzgerald used some of her rambling in his later writing; the words appear almost verbatim in Daisy Buchanan's dialogue from The Great Gatsby.[127]

After the birth of his daughter, Fitzgerald returned to drafting The Beautiful and Damned. He modeled the characters of Anthony Patch on himself and Gloria Patch on—in his words—the "full-hearted selfishness and chill-mindedness of Zelda".[128] Metropolitan Magazine serialized the manuscript in late 1921, and Scribner's published the book in March 1922. Scribner's prepared an initial print run of 20,000 copies and mounted an advertising campaign. It sold well enough to warrant additional print runs reaching 50,000 copies.[129][130] That year, Fitzgerald released an anthology of eleven stories entitled Tales of the Jazz Age. All but two of the stories had been written before 1920.[131]

Following Fitzgerald's adaptation of his story "The Vegetable" into a play, he and Zelda moved in October 1922 to Great Neck, Long Island to be near Broadway.[132] Although he hoped "The Vegetable" would inaugurate a lucrative career as a playwright, the play's November 1923 premiere became an unmitigated disaster.[133] The bored audience walked out amid the second act.[133] Fitzgerald wished to halt the show and disavow the production, but "the actors struggled heroically on".[133] During an intermission, Fitzgerald asked the lead actor, Ernest Truex, if he planned to finish the performance.[134] When Truex replied in the affirmative, Fitzgerald fled to the nearest bar.[134] Mired in debt by the play's failure, Fitzgerald wrote short stories to recoup his finances.[135] He viewed these stories to be all worthless with the exception of "Winter Dreams", which Fitzgerald described as his first attempt at the Gatsby idea.[136][137] When not writing, Fitzgerald and his wife continued to socialize and to drink at Long Island parties.[138]

Despite enjoying the exclusive Long Island milieu, Fitzgerald disapproved of the extravagant parties,[139] and the wealthy persons he encountered often disappointed him.[140] While striving to emulate the rich, he found their privileged lifestyle to be morally disquieting.[141][142] Although Fitzgerald admired the rich, he nonetheless possessed a smoldering resentment towards them.[142] While living on Long Island, one of Fitzgerald's wealthier neighbors[i] was Max Gerlach.[143][147] Purportedly born in America to a German immigrant family,[j] Gerlach had been a major in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I and became a gentleman bootlegger who lived like a millionaire in New York.[149] Flaunting his new wealth,[k] Gerlach threw lavish parties,[151] never wore the same shirt twice,[152] used the phrase "old sport",[153] and fostered myths about himself including that he was a relation of the German Kaiser.[154] These details would inspire Fitzgerald in the creation of his next work, The Great Gatsby.[155]

Europe and the Lost Generation

In Europe, Fitzgerald wrote and published The Great Gatsby (1925), now viewed by many as his magnum opus.
In Europe, Fitzgerald wrote and published The Great Gatsby (1925), now viewed by many as his magnum opus.

In May 1924, Fitzgerald and his family moved abroad to Europe.[156] He continued writing his third novel which would eventually become his magnum opus The Great Gatsby.[157] Fitzgerald had been planning the novel since 1923, when he told his publisher Maxwell Perkins of his plans "to write something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned".[136] He had already written 18,000 words for his novel by mid-1923 but discarded most of his new story as a false start.[158] Initially titled Trimalchio, an allusion to the Latin work Satyricon, the plot followed the rise of a parvenu who seeks wealth to win the woman he loves.[159] For source material, Fitzgerald drew heavily upon his earlier experiences in Long Island and once again on his life-long obsession with his "first love" Ginevra King.[160][161] "The whole idea of Gatsby," he later explained, "is the unfairness of a poor young man not being able to marry a girl with money. This theme comes up again and again because I lived it".[162]

Work on The Great Gatsby slowed while the Fitzgeralds sojourned at the French Riviera where a marital crisis developed.[163] Zelda became infatuated with a French naval aviator, Edouard Jozan.[164] She spent afternoons swimming at the beach and evenings dancing at the casinos with Jozan. After six weeks, Zelda asked for a divorce.[165] Fitzgerald sought to confront Jozan and locked Zelda in their house until he could do so.[165] Before any confrontation could occur, Jozan—unaware that Zelda had asked Scott for a divorce—departed the Riviera, and the Fitzgeralds never saw him again.[165] Soon after, Zelda overdosed on sleeping pills.[166] The couple never spoke of the incident,[167] but the episode prompted Fitzgerald to write that "something had happened that could never be repaired".[168] Later in his life, Jozan dismissed the incident and claimed that no infidelity occurred: "They both had a need of drama, they made it up and perhaps they were the victims of their own unsettled and a little unhealthy imagination".[169][170]

Following the incident with Jozan, the Fitzgeralds relocated to Rome,[171] where he made revisions to the Gatsby manuscript throughout the winter and submitted the final version in February 1925.[172] Fitzgerald declined a $10,000 offer for the serial rights as it would delay the book's publication.[173] Upon its release on April 10, 1925, Willa Cather, T. S. Eliot, and Edith Wharton praised Fitzgerald's work,[174] and the novel received generally favorable reviews from literary critics of the day.[175] Despite this reception, Gatsby became a commercial failure in comparison with his previous efforts, This Side of Paradise (1920) and The Beautiful and Damned (1922).[94] By the end of the year, the book sold fewer than 23,000 copies.[94] For the rest of his life, The Great Gatsby experienced tepid sales.[l] In 1929, Fitzgerald received royalties of $5.10 from the American edition and just $0.34 from the English edition,[177] A final royalty check amounted to $13.13, all of which was from Fitzgerald buying his own books.[178] It would take decades for the novel to gain its present acclaim and popularity.[136]

In France, Fitzgerald became close friends with writer Ernest Hemingway.
In France, Fitzgerald became close friends with writer Ernest Hemingway.

After wintering in Italy, the Fitzgeralds returned to France, where they would alternate between Paris and the French Riviera until 1926. Fitzgerald began writing his fourth novel, provisionally titled The Boy Who Killed His Mother,[179] Our Type,[180] and then The World's Fair.[181] During this period, he became friends with writer Gertrude Stein, bookseller Sylvia Beach, novelist James Joyce, and poet Ezra Pound as well as other members of the American expatriate community in Paris,[182] some of whom would later be identified with the Lost Generation.[183] Most notable among them was a relatively unknown Ernest Hemingway whom Fitzgerald first met in May 1925 and grew to admire.[184] Hemingway later recalled that, during this early period of their relationship, Fitzgerald became his most loyal friend.[185]

In contrast to his friendship with Scott, Hemingway disliked Zelda and described her as "insane"[m] in his memoir A Moveable Feast.[186] Hemingway claimed that Zelda "encouraged her husband to drink so as to distract Fitzgerald from his work on his novel".[187] She preferred him to work on short stories that he sold to magazines to help support her accustomed[h] lifestyle.[188] Like many novelists at the time, Fitzgerald supplemented his income by writing stories for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Weekly, and Esquire.[189] He would first write his stories in an 'authentic' manner, then rewrite them to add "twists that made them into salable magazine stories".[190][187] This "whoring", as Hemingway called these sales, emerged as a sore point in the two authors' friendship.[190] Upon reading The Great Gatsby, an impressed Hemingway vowed to put any differences with Fitzgerald aside and to aid him in any way he could, although he feared that Zelda would derail Fitzgerald's writing career.[191]

In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway claimed that Zelda sought to destroy her husband, and she purportedly taunted Fitzgerald over the size of his penis.[192] After examining it in a public restroom, Hemingway confirmed Fitzgerald's penis to be of average size.[192] A more serious rift soon occurred when Zelda declared Fitzgerald to be "a fairy" secretly engaging in a homosexual liaison with Hemingway.[193] Fitzgerald decided to have sex with a prostitute to prove his heterosexuality.[194] Zelda found condoms that he had purchased before any encounter occurred, and a bitter quarrel ensued, resulting in lingering jealousy.[194] Soon after, Zelda threw herself down a flight of marble stairs at a party because Fitzgerald, engrossed in talking to Isadora Duncan, ignored her.[195][196] In December 1926, after two unpleasant years in Europe which considerably strained their marriage, the Fitzgeralds returned to America.[197]

Sojourn in Hollywood and Tender Is the Night

Fitzgerald's relations with Lois Moran further strained his relationship with Zelda.
Fitzgerald's relations with Lois Moran further strained his relationship with Zelda.

In 1926, film producer John W. Considine Jr. invited Fitzgerald to Hollywood in order to write a flapper comedy for United Artists.[198] He agreed and relocated with Zelda into a studio-owned bungalow in January 1927.[198] While in Hollywood, the Fitzgeralds attended parties where they danced the Black Bottom and mingled with film stars.[199] At one party, the Fitzgeralds outraged guests Ronald Colman and Constance Talmadge by a prank in which they requested their watches and, retreating into the kitchen, boiled the expensive timepieces in a pot of tomato sauce.[198][199] The novelty of Hollywood life quickly faded for the Fitzgeralds, and Zelda frequently complained of boredom.[199]

While attending a lavish party at the Pickfair estate, Fitzgerald met 17-year-old starlet Lois Moran.[200] Desperate for intellectual conversation in the film colony, Moran and Fitzgerald discussed literature and philosophy for hours while sitting on a staircase.[200] Despite Scott no longer being in his prime, a smitten Moran regarded him as a sophisticated, handsome, and intellectually gifted writer.[200][201] Consequently, she pursued a relationship with him.[200] The starlet became a muse for the author and he rewrote Rosemary Hoyt—one of the central characters in Tender is the Night—to closely mirror her.[202]

Jealous of Fitzgerald's attentions to Moran, Zelda burned her own clothing in a bathtub as a self-destructive act.[95] She disparaged Moran as "a breakfast food that many men identified with whatever they missed from life".[203] Fitzgerald's relationship with Moran further exacerbated the Fitzgeralds' marital difficulties and, after two months in Hollywood, the unhappy couple departed for Delaware in March 1927.[197][200]

They next rented "Ellerslie", a mansion near Wilmington, Delaware until 1929.[204] Fitzgerald tried to continue working on his fourth novel but proved unable to make any significant progress due to his alcoholism and poor work ethic.[205] In Spring 1929, the couple returned to Europe.[206] That winter, Zelda's behavior grew increasingly erratic, and she suffered a nervous breakdown.[207] In June 1930, doctors diagnosed Zelda with schizophrenia.[208] The couple traveled to Switzerland, where she underwent treatment at a mental clinic.[208] They returned to America in September 1931.[209] In February 1932, she underwent hospitalization at the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.[210]

In April 1932, when the clinic allowed Zelda to travel with her husband, Fitzgerald took her to lunch with critic H.L. Mencken.[211] In his diary, Mencken noted that Zelda "went insane in Paris a year or so ago, and is still plainly more or less off her base".[211] Throughout the lunch, she manifested signs of mental distress.[211] A year later, when Mencken met Zelda for the final time, he described her mental illness as immediately evident to any onlooker and her mind as "only half sane".[212] He regretted that Fitzgerald couldn't write novels as he had to write magazine stories to pay for Zelda's psychiatric treatment.[211]

During this time, Fitzgerald rented the "La Paix" estate in the suburb of Towson, Maryland and worked on his forthcoming novel which drew heavily upon recent events in his life.[213] The story concerned a promising young American named Dick Diver who marries a mentally-ill young woman and whose marriage deteriorates while abroad in Europe.[213] While Fitzgerald labored on his novel, Zelda wrote—and sent to Scribner's—her own fictionalized version of these same autobiographical events in Save Me the Waltz (1932).[214] Angered by what he saw as theft of his novel's material, Fitzgerald would later describe Zelda as "plagiaristic"[n] and a "third-rate writer".[216] Despite his annoyance, he demanded few revisions to the work,[o] and he persuaded Perkins to publish Zelda's novel.[219] Scribner's published Zelda's novel in October 1932, but the novel amounted to a commercial and critical failure.[220]

Fitzgerald's own novel finally debuted in April 1934 as Tender Is the Night.[221] The novel received mixed reviews.[222] Many critics were thrown off by its structure and felt that Fitzgerald had not lived up to their expectations.[222] Hemingway and others argued that such criticism stemmed from superficial readings of the material and from Depression-era America's reaction to Fitzgerald's status as a symbol of Jazz Age excess.[223] The novel did not sell well upon publication, with approximately 12,000 sold in the first 3 months,[224] but, like the earlier The Great Gatsby, the book's reputation has since risen significantly.[225]

Great Depression and decline

His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.

Ernest Hemingway on Fitzgerald's loss of talent in A Moveable Feast (1964)[226]

With the onset of the Great Depression, Fitzgerald's works were deemed elitist and materialistic.[227] In 1933, journalist Matthew Josephson criticized Fitzgerald's work and stated that many Americans couldn't afford to drink "champagne from morning to night" or to "go to Princeton or Montparnasse".[227] As writer Budd Schulberg recalled, "my generation thought of F. Scott Fitzgerald as an age rather than a writer, and when the economic stroke of 1929 began to change the sheiks and flappers into unemployed boys or underpaid girls, we consciously and a little belligerently turned our backs on Fitzgerald".[228]

With his popularity greatly decreased, Fitzgerald began to suffer financially and, by 1936, his book royalties amounted to $80.[229] The cost of his opulent lifestyle and Zelda's medical bills quickly caught up, placing Fitzgerald in constant debt. He relied on loans from his agent Harold Ober and publisher Perkins. When Ober ceased advancing money, Fitzgerald severed ties with his longtime friend.[p][230][231]

An alcoholic since college, Fitzgerald's extraordinarily heavy drinking undermined his health by the late 1930s. His alcoholism resulted in cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, angina, dyspnea, and syncopal spells.[232] According to Zelda's biographer Nancy Milford, Fitzgerald's claims of having tuberculosis served as a pretext to cover his drinking ailments.[233] Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli contends that Fitzgerald did in fact have recurring tuberculosis,[234] and Fitzgerald biographer Arthur Mizener notes Fitzgerald suffered a mild attack of tuberculosis in 1919, and he conclusively had a tubercular hemorrhage in 1929.[235] In the 1930s, as his health deteriorated, Fitzgerald had told Hemingway of his fear of dying from "congestion of the lungs".[236]

Fitzgerald's alcoholism and financial woes made for difficult years in Baltimore. Hospitalized nine times at Johns Hopkins Hospital, his friend H. L. Mencken wrote in a June 1934 diary entry that "the case of F. Scott Fitzgerald has become distressing. He is boozing in a wild manner and has become a nuisance. His wife, Zelda, who has been insane for years, is now confined at the Sheppard-Pratt Hospital, and he is living in Park Avenue with his little daughter, Scottie".[237] By 1935, alcoholism disrupted Fitzgerald's writing and limited his mental acuity.[238] From 1933 to 1937, he would be hospitalized for alcoholism eight times and arrested several times.[232] In September 1936, journalist Michel Mok of the New York Post publicly reported Fitzgerald's alcoholism and career failure in a nationally syndicated article.[239] The article damaged Fitzgerald's reputation and prompted him to attempt suicide after reading it.[240]

By that same year, Zelda's intense suicidal mania necessitated her extended confinement at the Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.[241] Nearly bankrupt, Fitzgerald spent most of 1936 and 1937 living in cheap hotels near Asheville.[242] His attempts to write and sell more short stories faltered.[243] He later referred to this period of decline in his life as "The Crack-Up" in a short story.[244] Shortly after the release of this story, Hemingway referred to Fitzgerald as "poor Scott" in his short story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro".[245] The suddden death of Fitzgerald's mother and Zelda's mental deterioration further disintegrated his marriage.[246] He saw Zelda for the last time on a 1939 trip to Cuba.[229] During this trip, spectators at a cockfight physically beat Fitzgerald when he tried to intervene due to animal cruelty.[247] He returned to the United States and—his ill-health exacerbated by excessive drinking—underwent hospitalization at the Doctors Hospital in Manhattan.[248]

Return to Hollywood

A middle-aged Fitzgerald with a cigarette in 1937
A middle-aged Fitzgerald with a cigarette in 1937

Although he found movie work degrading, Fitzgerald accepted a lucrative exclusive deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1937 that necessitated his moving to Hollywood, where he earned his highest annual income up to that point: $29,757.87 (equivalent to $535,711 in 2020).[249] During his two years in California, Fitzgerald rented a room at the Garden of Allah bungalow complex on Sunset Boulevard. In an effort to abstain from alcohol, Fitzgerald drank large amounts of Coca-Cola and ate many sweets.[250][251]

Estranged from Zelda, he began a relationship with nationally syndicated gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, his final companion before his death.[252] After a heart-attack in Schwab's Drug Store, a doctor ordered Fitzgerald to avoid strenuous exertion. Fitzgerald had to climb two flights of stairs to his apartment, while Graham lived on the ground floor.[253][254] Consequently, he moved in with Graham who lived in Hollywood on North Hayworth Avenue, one block east of Fitzgerald's apartment on North Laurel Avenue.[255]

Throughout their relationship, Graham claimed that Fitzgerald experienced constant guilt over Zelda's mental illness and confinement.[256] He repeatedly attempted sobriety, suffered from depression, and attempted suicide.[257] On occasions that Fitzgerald failed his attempt at sobriety, he would ask strangers, "I'm F. Scott Fitzgerald. You've read my books. You've read The Great Gatsby, haven't you? Remember?"[258] As Graham hadn't read any of his works, Fitzgerald attempted to give her a set of his novels.[259] After visiting several bookstores, he realized that they had stopped carrying his works.[259]

Fitzgerald wrote some unused dialogue for Gone with the Wind (1939), for which he received no credit.
Fitzgerald wrote some unused dialogue for Gone with the Wind (1939), for which he received no credit.

During this last phase of his career, Fitzgerald's screenwriting tasks included an unused dialogue polish on loan to David Selznick for Gone with the Wind (1939) and, for MGM, revisions on Madame Curie (1943). Both assignments went uncredited.[260] His work on Three Comrades (1938) became his sole screenplay credit.[261] To the studio's annoyance, Fitzgerald often ignored scriptwriting rules and included descriptions more fitting for a novel.[262] In his spare time, he worked on his fifth novel, based on film executive Irving Thalberg.[263] In 1939, MGM terminated his contract, and Fitzgerald became a freelance screenwriter.[264] During his work on Winter Carnival (1939), Fitzgerald suffered an alcoholic relapse and sought treatment by New York psychiatrist Richard Hoffmann.[265]

Director Billy Wilder described Fitzgerald's foray into Hollywood as like that of "a great sculptor who is hired to do a plumbing job".[266] Edmund Wilson and Aaron Latham suggested that Hollywood sucked Fitzgerald's creativity like a vampire.[262] His failure in Hollywood pushed him to return to drinking, imbibing nearly 40 beers a day in 1939.[232] Beginning that year, Fitzgerald mocked himself as a Hollywood hack through the character of Pat Hobby in a sequence of 17 short stories. The Pat Hobby Stories were originally published in Esquire between January 1940 and July 1941.[267] Approaching the final year of life, Fitzgerald wrote regretfully to his daughter: "I wish now I'd never relaxed or looked back—but said at the end of The Great Gatsby: I've found my line—from now on this comes first. This is my immediate duty—without this I am nothing".[136]

Final year and death

The Fitzgeralds' current grave at St. Mary's in Maryland, inscribed with the final sentence of The Great Gatsby
The Fitzgeralds' current grave at St. Mary's in Maryland, inscribed with the final sentence of The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald finally attained sobriety over a year before his death, and Graham described their last year together as one of the happiest times of their relationship.[268] On the night of December 20, 1940, Fitzgerald and Graham attended the premiere of This Thing Called Love starring Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas.[269] As the couple departed the Pantages Theater, a sober Fitzgerald experienced a dizzy spell and had difficulty walking to his vehicle.[269] Watched by onlookers, he remarked in a strained voice to Graham, "I suppose people will think I'm drunk".[269]

The following day, as Fitzgerald ate a candy bar and made notes in his newly arrived Princeton Alumni Weekly,[270] Graham saw him jump from his armchair, grab the mantelpiece, and collapse on the floor without uttering a sound.[270] Laying flat on his back, he gasped and lapsed into unconsciousness.[270] After Graham's efforts to revive him failed, Graham ran to fetch the manager of the building, Harry Culver.[270] Upon entering the apartment to assist Fitzgerald, Culver stated, "I'm afraid he's dead".[270] Fitzgerald had died of occlusive coronary arteriosclerosis, aged just 44.[271]

Upon learning of her father's death, Fitzgerald's daughter Scottie telephoned Graham from Vassar College and requested that she not attend the funeral for the sake of social propriety.[272] Upon agreeing not to attend the funeral and hanging up the telephone, Graham sobbed and told herself that, if Scott were alive, "he, too, would have said to me, Sheilo [sic], you cannot come to my funeral".[273] In her place, Graham's friend Dorothy Parker attended the visitation held in the back room of an undertaker's parlor.[274][273] Observing few other people at the visitation, Parker murmered "the poor son of a bitch"—a line from Jay Gatsby's funeral in The Great Gatsby.[274][273] When Fitzgerald's body arrived in Bethesda, Maryland, only thirty people attended his funeral.[274][275] Among the attendees were his only child Scottie, his agent Harold Ober, and his life-long editor Maxwell Perkins.[274][275]

In the wake of her husband's death, Zelda eulogized Fitzgerald in a letter to a friend: "He was as spiritually generous a soul as ever was... It seems as if he was always planning happiness for Scottie and for me. Books to read—places to go. Life seemed so promising always when he was around.... Scott was the best friend a person could have to me".[275] At the time of his death, the Roman Catholic Church denied the family's request that Fitzgerald, a non-practicing Catholic, be buried in the family plot in the Catholic Saint Mary's Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. Fitzgerald was instead buried with a simple Protestant service at Rockville Union Cemetery.[276] When Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at the Highland Mental Hospital in 1948, she was originally buried next to him at Rockville Union.[277] In 1975, Scottie successfully petitioned to have the earlier decision revisited, and her parents' remains were moved to the family plot in Saint Mary's.[278]

Legacy

Critical reevaluation

Admirers of Fitzgerald's work often deposit mementos at his gravesite.[279]
Admirers of Fitzgerald's work often deposit mementos at his gravesite.[279]
It has been the greatest credo in my life that I would rather be an artist than a careerist. I would rather impress my image upon the soul of a people.... I would as soon be as anonymous as Rimbaud if I could feel that I had accomplished that purpose.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald[280]

At the time of his death, Fitzgerald believed his life to be a failure and that his work was forgotten.[281] The few critics who were familiar with his work regarded him as a failed alcoholic—the embodiment of Jazz Age decadence.[282] His New York Times obituary hailed him as a brilliant novelist but deemed his work to be forever tied to an era "when gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession".[283] As late as 1941, his works were still regarded as period pieces with English literary historian Peter Quennell dismissing The Great Gatsby as having "the sadness and the remote jauntiness of a Gershwin tune".[136]

Fitzgerald died before he could complete his fifth novel. His friend, literary critic Edmund Wilson, completed the manuscript using extensive notes for the unwritten part of the novel's story.[284] When Wilson published his finished version entitled The Last Tycoon[q] in 1941, he included The Great Gatsby within the edition, sparking new interest and discussion among critics.[136]

Amid World War II, The Great Gatsby gained further popularity when the Council on Books in Wartime distributed free Armed Services Edition copies to American soldiers serving overseas. The Red Cross distributed the novel to prisoners in Japanese and German POW camps. By 1945, over 123,000 copies of The Great Gatsby had been distributed among U.S. troops.[8] By 1960—thirty-five years after the novel's original publication—the book sold 100,000 copies per year.[286] This renewed interest led The New York Times editorialist Mizener to proclaim the novel to be a masterwork of American literature.[136] By the 21st century, The Great Gatsby had sold millions of copies, and novel is required reading in high school and college classes.[281]

The popularity of The Great Gatsby led to widespread interest in Fitzgerald himself and, by the 1950s, he had become a cult figure in American culture.[287][136][288] In 1952, critic Cyril Connolly observed that "apart from his increasing stature as writer, Fitzgerald is now firmly established as a myth, an American version of the Dying God, an Adonis of letters" whose rise and fall inevitably prompts comparisons to the Jazz Age itself.[287] Seven years later, in 1959, Fitzgerald's friend Edmund Wilson likewise remarked that he now received copious letters from female admirers of Fitzgerald's works and that his deceased alcoholic friend had posthumously become "a semi-divine personage" in the popular imagination.[287] Echoing these opinions, writer Adam Gopnik asserted that—contrary to Fitzgerald's claim that "there are no second acts in American lives"—Fitzgerald has become "not a poignant footnote to an ill-named time but an enduring legend of the West".[288]

Decades after his death, Fitzgerald's childhood Summit Terrace home in St. Paul became a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[289] Fitzgerald detested the house and deemed it to be an architectural monstrosity.[290] In 1992, Hofstra University established the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society which later became an affiliate of the American Literature Association.[291] During the COVID-19 pandemic, the society organized an online reading of This Side of Paradise to mark its centenary.[292] In 1994, the Fitzgerald Theater—home of the radio broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion—opened in St. Paul.[293]

Literary influence

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama

Fitzgerald's works inspired a number of contemporary and future writers.[294] The publication of The Great Gatsby prompted poet T. S. Eliot to write, in a letter to Fitzgerald, "It seems to me to be the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James".[295] Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend, wrote that "there's no such thing ... as a flawless novel. But if there is, this is it".[296] Future authors Budd Schulberg and Edward Newhouse were deeply affected by it, and John O'Hara acknowledged its influence on his work.[297]

Richard Yates, a writer often compared to Fitzgerald, hailed The Great Gatsby as "the most nourishing novel [he] read ... a miracle of talent ... a triumph of technique".[298] Likewise, J. D. Salinger expressed admiration of Fitzgerald's work and declared himself to be "Fitzgerald's successor".[299] Donald J. Adams, a columnist for The New York Times, remarked upon the tremendous influence of Fitzgerald upon his contemporaries: "In the literary sense he invented a generation ... He might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction".[300]

Adaptations and portrayals

The 1921 silent film The Off-Shore Pirate was among the first cinematic adaptations of Fitzgerald's works.
The 1921 silent film The Off-Shore Pirate was among the first cinematic adaptations of Fitzgerald's works.

Fitzgerald's works have been adapted into films many times. During his lifetime, his earliest short stories were cinematically adapted as silent films such as The Husband Hunter (1920), The Chorus Girl's Romance (1920), and The Off-Shore Pirate (1921), the latter two both starred Viola Dana.[301] Tender Is the Night was the subject of the eponymous 1962 film, and made into a television miniseries in 1985. The Beautiful and Damned was filmed in 1922 and 2010.[302] The Great Gatsby has been adapted into numerous films of the same name, spanning nearly 90 years: 1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, and 2013 adaptations.[303][304] In 1976, The Last Tycoon was adapted into a film starring Robert de Niro.[305] and in 2016 it was adapted as an Amazon Prime TV miniseries.[306] His short story, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," was the basis for a 2008 film.[307]

Beyond his own characters, Fitzgerald himself has been portrayed in dozens of books, plays, and films. Fitzgerald inspired Budd Schulberg's novel The Disenchanted (1950), which followed a screenwriter in Hollywood collaborating with a drunk and flawed novelist.[288] It was later adapted into a Broadway play starring Jason Robards.[308] A musical about the lives of Fitzgerald and Zelda was composed by Frank Wildhorn titled Waiting for the Moon.[309] Fitzgerald is of international appeal, as even the Japanese Takarazuka Revue has created a musical adaptation of Fitzgerald's life.[310]

The last years of Fitzgerald and his affair with Sheilah Graham served as the basis for Beloved Infidel (1959) based on Graham's 1958 memoir of the same name.[252] The film depicts Fitzgerald (played by Gregory Peck) during his final years and his relationship with Graham (played by Deborah Kerr). Another film, Last Call (2002) portrays the relationship between Fitzgerald (Jeremy Irons) and Frances Kroll Ring (Neve Campbell). David Hoflin and Christina Ricci portray the Fitzgeralds in Amazon Prime's 2015 television series Z: The Beginning of Everything.[311] Others include the TV movies Zelda (1993, with Timothy Hutton), F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1976, with Jason Miller), and F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' (1974, with Richard Chamberlain). Tom Hiddleston and Alison Pill appear briefly as Fitzgerald and Zelda in Woody Allen's 2011 feature film Midnight in Paris.[312] Guy Pearce and Vanessa Kirby portray the couple in Genius (2016).[313]

Lost manuscripts

A mural depicting Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, Minnesota
A mural depicting Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, Minnesota

In 2004, the University of South Carolina purchased a cache of 2,000 pages of screenplay work that Fitzgerald had written for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[314] The cache corrects the distorted view of Fitzgerald's screenwriting years in Hollywood as unproductive and indicates he put in considerable effort to earn his salary.[314]

In 2015, The Strand Magazine published for the first time an 8,000-word manuscript by Fitzgerald entitled "Temperature", dated July 1939.[315] Long thought lost,[316] a researcher found the manuscript in the archives of Princeton University, Fitzgerald's alma mater.[316] The story recounts the illness and decline of an alcoholic writer among Hollywood idols in Los Angeles, while suffering lingering fevers and indulging in light-hearted romance with a Hollywood actress.[315][316] In 2017, two years later, Scribner's published a rediscovered cache of Fitzgerald's short-stories in a collection titled I'd Die For You.[317]

Selected list of works

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ According to friends, "Fitzgerald was so smitten by King that for years he could not think of her without tears coming to his eyes".[28]
  2. ^ Fitzgerald would later regret not serving in combat, as detailed in his short story "I Didn't Get Over" (1936).[47]
  3. ^ Zelda's grandfather, Willis B. Machen, was a U.S. Senator who served in the Confederate Congress.[56] Her father's uncle was John Tyler Morgan, a Confederate general in the Civil War.[57]
  4. ^ Ginevra King married William "Bill" Mitchell on September 4, 1918.[63] Three days later, Fitzgerald declared his love for Zelda on September 7, 1918.[64]
  5. ^ Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre had other sexual partners prior to their first meeting and courtship.[70][71]
  6. ^ Fitzgerald stated that "advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero".[87]
  7. ^ According to biographer Andrew Turnbull, "one day, drinking martinis in the upstairs lounge, [Fitzgerald] announced that he was going to jump out of the window. No one objected; on the contrary, it was pointed out that the windows were French and ideally suited for jumping, which seemed to cool his ardor".[89]
  8. ^ a b During her youth, Zelda Sayre's wealthy family employed half-a-dozen domestic servants, many of whom were African-American.[58] Consequently, she was unaccustomed to domestic labor of any kind.[99][100]
  9. ^ Primary sources such as Zelda Fitzgerald and F. Scott Fitzgerald's friend Edmund Wilson both stated that Max Gerlach was a neighbor.[143][144] Scholars have yet to find surviving property records for a Long Island residence with Gerlach's name.[145] However, there are likely "gaps in the record of his addresses,"[145] and an accurate reconstruction of Gerlach's life and whereabouts is greatly hindered "by the imperfect state of relevant documentation".[146]
  10. ^ In a 2009 book, scholar Horst Kruse asserts that Max Gerlach was born in or near Berlin, Germany, and, as a young boy, he immigrated with his German parents to America.[148]
  11. ^ With the end of prohibition and the onset of the Great Depression, Max Gerlach lost his wealth. Living in poverty, he attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head in 1939.[150]
  12. ^ Although The Great Gatsby experienced tepid sales, Fitzgerald sold the film rights for $15,000 to $12,000.[176]
  13. ^ In his memoir A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway claims he realized that Zelda suffered from a mental illness when she insisted that jazz singer Al Jolson was greater than Jesus Christ.[186]
  14. ^ Fitzgerald objected to Zelda naming her heroine's husband Amory Blaine, the name of the protagonist in This Side of Paradise.[215]
  15. ^ Contrary to Nancy Milford's 1970 biography Zelda,[217] scholarly examinations of Zelda's earlier drafts of Save Me the Waltz and the final version discerned fewer alterations than previously claimed.[216] According to Matthew J. Bruccoli, the revised galleys were "in Zelda Fitzgerald's hand. F. Scott Fitzgerald did not systematically work on the surviving proofs: only eight of the words written on them are clearly in his hand".[218]
  16. ^ Fitzgerald offered a good-hearted and apologetic tribute to this support in the late short story "Financing Finnegan".
  17. ^ In 1994, Scribner's reissued the book under Fitzgerald's preferred title, The Love of The Last Tycoon.[285]

Citations

  1. ^ Mizener 2020; Bruccoli 2002, p. 13; Milford 1970, p. 25; Turnbull 1962, pp. 5–7; Donaldson 1983, p. 2
  2. ^ Schiff 2001, p. 21
  3. ^ Fitzgerald 1957, p. 184
  4. ^ Donaldson 1983, p. 2: Fitzgerald stated in a letter to John O'Hara: "I am half black Irish and half old American stock with the usual exaggerated ancestral pretensions".
  5. ^ Mizener 1972, p. 5; Bruccoli 2002, pp. 11, 495–506
  6. ^ Donaldson 1983, p. 2; Mizener 1972, p. 5; Bruccoli 2002, p. 5
  7. ^ Mizener 1951, p. 2; Bruccoli 2002, p. 11
  8. ^ a b Gross & Corrigan 2014.
  9. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 7; Bruccoli 2002, p. 13; Donaldson 1983, p. 4
  10. ^ Milford 1970, p. 25; Mizener 1972, p. 116; Turnbull 1962, p. 7; Mizener 1951, pp. 9–10
  11. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 15
  12. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 14
  13. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 14; Donaldson 1983, p. 4
  14. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 11
  15. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 16; Milford 1970, pp. 25, 27; Donaldson 1983, p. 4
  16. ^ Milford 1970, p. 27; Fitzgerald 1960
  17. ^ Idema 1990, p. 202; Milford 1970, p. 27; Turnbull 1962, p. 32
  18. ^ Mizener 1951, pp. 42-44, 59; Tate 1998, p. 76; Mizener 1972, p. 23
  19. ^ Helliker 2014
  20. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 48: Edmund Wilson later claimed "that Fitzgerald was the only Catholic he knew at Princeton".
  21. ^ Helliker 2014; Mizener 1972, p. 9
  22. ^ a b Mizener 1972, p. 18; Bruccoli 2002, pp. 47–49
  23. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 45, 65–68, 75
  24. ^ The Daily Princetonian 1913
  25. ^ Mizener 1972, p. 29; West 2005, p. 19
  26. ^ Turnbull 1962, pp. 54–55; Bruccoli 2002, pp. 53–54; West 2005, p. 21.
  27. ^ Smith 2003; West 2005, p. 21; Turnbull 1962, pp. 54–55
  28. ^ Noden 2003
  29. ^ Smith 2003: Fitzgerald later confided to his daughter that Ginevra King "was the first girl I ever loved" and that he "faithfully avoided seeing her" to "keep the illusion perfect".
  30. ^ Noden 2003; Mizener 1951, pp. 47–51; West 2005, p. 21; Turnbull 1962, pp. 54–55
  31. ^ a b Stevens 2003
  32. ^ Mizener 1972, p. 29; West 2005, p. 104
  33. ^ Stepanov 2003; Bruccoli 2002, pp. 123–124; Noden 2003; West 2005, p. xiii
  34. ^ Corrigan 2014, p. 58: Scholar Maureen Corrigan notes that "because she's the one who got away, Ginevra—even more than Zelda—is the love who lodged like an irritant in Fitzgerald's imagination, producing the literary pearl that is Daisy Buchanan".
  35. ^ West 2005, p. 10
  36. ^ a b West 2005, pp. 36, 49; Smith 2003; Turnbull 1962, pp. 56–58, 60
  37. ^ West 2005, pp. 41, 91
  38. ^ West 2005, p. 35.
  39. ^ a b West 2005, p. 42.
  40. ^ Smith 2003: "That August Fitzgerald visited Ginevra in Lake Forest, Ill. Afterward he wrote in his ledger foreboding words, spoken to him perhaps by Ginevra's father, 'Poor boys shouldn't think of marrying rich girls'".
  41. ^ Carter 2013; Donaldson 1983, p. 50
  42. ^ West 2005, p. 64
  43. ^ Smith 2003.
  44. ^ Stepanov 2003.
  45. ^ Mizener 1951, p. 70
  46. ^ a b Bruccoli 2002, pp. 80, 82. Fitzgerald wished to be killed in battle, and he hoped that his unpublished novel would become a great success in the wake of his death.
  47. ^ Fitzgerald 1936b
  48. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 79, 82; Korda 2007, p. 134
  49. ^ Korda 2007, p. 134
  50. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 80
  51. ^ Tate 1998, p. 251
  52. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 80, 84
  53. ^ Tate 1998, pp. 6, 32; Bruccoli 2002, pp. 79, 82; Milford 1970, p. 24.
  54. ^ Donaldson 1983, p. 60: "On the rebound from Ginevra King, Fitzgerald was playing the field".
  55. ^ Milford 1970, pp. 6, 14; Mizener 1951, pp. 74–75; Turnbull 1962, pp. 84–85
  56. ^ Milford 1970, pp. 3-4.
  57. ^ Milford 1970, p. 5.
  58. ^ a b Wagner-Martin 2004, p. 24.
  59. ^ Milford 1970, p. 3: "If there was a Confederate establishment in the Deep South, Zelda Sayre came from the heart of it".
  60. ^ Wagner-Martin 2004, p. 44.
  61. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 111: Fitzgerald wrote in a letter, "I love [Zelda] and that's the beginning and end of everything".
  62. ^ West 2005, pp. 65–66.
  63. ^ West 2005, p. 68.
  64. ^ a b West 2005, p. 73.
  65. ^ a b Milford 1970, pp. 35–36
  66. ^ Tate 1998, p. 32; West 2005, p. 73
  67. ^ Milford 1970, p. 35
  68. ^ West 2005, p. 73; Milford 1970, pp. 35–36; Bruccoli 2002, p. 89
  69. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 161–162; Milford 1970, pp. 35–36
  70. ^ Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald 2002, pp. 314–315: "By your own admission many years after (and for which I have [never] reproached you) you had been seduced and provincially outcast. I sensed this the night we slept together first for you're a poor bluffer".
  71. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 70: "It seemed on one March [1916] afternoon that I had lost every single thing I wanted—and that night was the first time I hunted down the spectre of womanhood that, for a little while, makes everything else seem unimportant".
  72. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 89.
  73. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 91: Fitzgerald wrote on December 4, 1918, "My mind is firmly made up that I will not, shall not, can not, should not, must not marry".
  74. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 91.
  75. ^ Mizener 1951, pp. 85, 89, 90: "Zelda would question whether he was ever going to make enough money for them to marry", and Fitzgerald was thus compelled to prove that "he was rich enough for her".
  76. ^ a b Turnbull 1962, pp. 92–93; Mizener 1972, p. 43; Mizener 1951, p. 80
  77. ^ Milford 1970, p. 39
  78. ^ Milford 1970, p. 42; Turnbull 1962, p. 92
  79. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 91, 111: "Isabelle Amorous, the sister of a Newman friend, congratulated him when he broke off with Zelda".
  80. ^ Milford 1970, p. 43; Bruccoli 2002, p. 91
  81. ^ a b Sommerville & Morgan 2017, pp. 186–187
  82. ^ Fitzgerald 2004, p. 124.
  83. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 92; Rodgers 2005, p. 147
  84. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 93.
  85. ^ Milford 1970, p. 52.
  86. ^ Stern 1970, p. 7
  87. ^ Fitzgerald 1963, p. 108.
  88. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 95–96.
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  90. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 95: "When he climbed out on a window ledge and threatened to jump, no one tried to stop him".
  91. ^ a b Bruccoli 2002, p. 96.
  92. ^ a b c Bruccoli 2002, p. 97.
  93. ^ Milford 1970, p. 54; West 2005, pp. 65, 74, 95; Bruccoli 2002, pp. 121-122.
  94. ^ a b c Bruccoli & Baughman 1996, p. 32
  95. ^ a b Buller 2005, p. 9.
  96. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 117.
  97. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 124.
  98. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 102, 108.
  99. ^ Wagner-Martin 2004, p. 24; Bruccoli 2002, pp. 189, 437.
  100. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 111: "Zelda was no housekeeper. Sketchy about ordering meals, she completely ignored the laundry".
  101. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 109.
  102. ^ a b Bruccoli 2002, p. 479: Fitzgerald wrote in 1939, "You [Zelda] submitted at the moment of our marriage when your passion for me was at as low ebb as mine for you.... I never wanted the Zelda I married. I didn't love you again till after you became pregnant".
  103. ^ a b Bruccoli 2002, p. 437: In July 1938, Fitzgerald wrote to his daughter that "I decided to marry your mother after all, even though I knew she was spoiled and meant no good to me. I was sorry immediately I had married her but, being patient in those days, made the best of it".
  104. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 105; Mizener 1951, p. 109; Bruccoli 2002, p. 128.
  105. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 128–129: Describing his marriage to Zelda, Fitzgerald stated that—aside from "long conversations" late at night—their relations lacked "a closeness" which they never "achieved in the workaday world of marriage".
  106. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 128.
  107. ^ a b c d Turnbull 1962, p. 110.
  108. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 105.
  109. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 133.
  110. ^ Mizener 1951, p. 117; Turnbull 1962, p. 134; Bruccoli 2002, p. 131.
  111. ^ Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald 2002, p. xxvi.
  112. ^ a b Turnbull 1962, p. 115.
  113. ^ a b Milford 1970, p. 67.
  114. ^ a b Turnbull 1962, pp. 134–135.
  115. ^ a b Turnbull 1962, pp. 136–137.
  116. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 136: The Fitzgeralds "knew everyone, which is to say most of those whom Ralph Barton, the cartoonist, would have represented as being in the orchestra on opening night".
  117. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 122.
  118. ^ Fitzgerald 1945, p. 18: "In any case, the Jazz Age now raced along under its own power, served by great filling stations full of money".
  119. ^ Fitzgerald 1945, p. 15: "[The Jazz Age represented] a whole race going hedonistic, deciding on pleasure".
  120. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 131.
  121. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 131–132.
  122. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 112.
  123. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 479.
  124. ^ Greenwood & O'Brien 1995, p. 22.
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  129. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 159, 162.
  130. ^ Bruccoli & Baughman 1996, p. 32.
  131. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 166–169.
  132. ^ Tate 1998, p. 104.
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  134. ^ a b Turnbull 1962, p. 140.
  135. ^ Mizener 1951, p. 157; Curnutt 2004, p. 58; Bruccoli 2002, p. 185
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  138. ^ Turnbull 1962, pp. 135–136.
  139. ^ Mizener 1951, pp. 135, 140.
  140. ^ Mizener 1951, pp. 140–41.
  141. ^ Mizener 1951, p. 140: Although Fitzgerald strove "to become member of the community of the rich, to live from day to day as they did, to share their interests and tastes", he found such a privileged lifestyle to be morally disquieting.
  142. ^ a b Mizener 1951, p. 141: Fitzgerald "admired deeply the rich" and yet his wealthy friends often disappointed or repulsed him. Consequently, he harbored "the smouldering hatred of a peasant" towards the wealthy and their milieu.
  143. ^ a b Bruccoli 2002, p. 178: "Jay Gatsby was inspired in part by a local figure, Max Gerlach. Near the end of her life Zelda Fitzgerald said that Gatsby was based on 'a neighbor named Von Guerlach or something who was said to be General Pershing's nephew and was in trouble over bootlegging'".
  144. ^ Kruse 2014, pp. 13–14: Biographer Arthur Mizener wrote in a January 1951 letter to Max Gerlach that "Edmund Wilson, the literary critic, told me that Fitzgerald came to his house, apparently from yours [Gerlach's], and told him with great fascination about the life you were leading. Naturally, it fascinated him as all splendor did".
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  146. ^ Kruse 2014, p. 20.
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  149. ^ Kruse 2002, pp. 53–54, 47–48, 63–64.
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  159. ^ West 2002, p. xvii.
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  170. ^ Tate 1998, p. 86: "Zelda became romantically interested in Edouard, a French naval aviator. It is impossible to determine whether the affair was consummated, but it was nevertheless a damaging breach of trust".
  171. ^ Tate 1998, p. 101.
  172. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 215.
  173. ^ Mizener 1951, p. 145
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  187. ^ a b Canterbury & Birch 2006, p. 189
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  223. ^ Stern 1970, p. 96
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  240. ^ Turnbull 1962, p. 280; Fitzgerald 2004, pp. xiv, 123–125; McInerney 2007.
  241. ^ Bruccoli 2002, p. 480; Milford 1970, p. 308
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  243. ^ Bruccoli 2002, pp. 405, 408
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  272. ^ Graham & Frank 1958, p. 333: "By the way, Sheilah—we're going to bury Daddy in Baltimore. I don't think it would be advisable for you to come to the funeral, do you?"
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