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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)

Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. 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.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is one of the most famous novels by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922. The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers. After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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