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Preface by Francis Ford Coppola. Her caprice and materialism lead her to marry Tom Buchanan. Tom Buchanan From an enormously wealthy Chicago family, Tom is a former Yale football star who sees himself at the top of an exclusive social hierarchy. He is conceited, violent, racist, and unfaithful. Jordan Baker Daisy's friend Jordan epitomizes the modern woman of the s. A liberated, competitive golfer, she is firmly established in high society. She both attracts and repels Nick as a romantic interest.
George Wilson The owner of an auto garage at the edge of the valley of ashes, George finds his only happiness through his faithless wife, Myrtle. Myrtle Wilson Myrtle dreams of belonging to a higher social class than George can offer. Vivacious and sensual, she hopes her adulterous affair will lead to a life of glamour. Paul, Minnesota. Although Fitzgerald's father went bankrupt, Fitzgerald still played with the rich kids in town.
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This paradox would later inform his fiction. His awareness of his situation sharpened during his years at Princeton, where he studied from to until he accepted a commission from the U. He never saw combat. There he also met the love of his life, Zelda Sayre, the charming, mercurial daughter of a judge. Fitzgerald's early literary successes soon made him and Zelda celebrities of the Jazz Age—a term he coined. During the s, Zelda served as his editor, confidante, and rival. Their appetite for excess made them notorious in an age when excess was the norm.
The Fitzgeralds moved to France in with their young daughter, Frances nicknamed Scottie , where they fell among a group of American expatriate artists whom the writer Gertrude Stein christened the Lost Generation. Fitzgerald would not publish another novel for nine years.
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In , Zelda suffered a breakdown from which she never fully recovered. She spent most of her remaining days in mental institutions. Implicitly acknowledging his wife's mental illness and his own alcoholism, he drew on their life abroad in the novel Tender Is the Night Fitzgerald relocated to Hollywood in to write screenplays.
His sole screen credit from this period is for the film Three Comrades It joins his other script credit, Pusher-in-the-Face , from an earlier California stint. Eventually Fitzgerald began sustained work on his novel The Last Tycoon Tragically, his end came before the book's did. Several chapters shy of finishing, Fitzgerald died of a heart attack in the apartment of his Hollywood companion, columnist Sheilah Graham, while eating a chocolate bar and listening to Beethoven's Eroica symphony.
December 21, : Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack. His final address: N. Laurel Avenue, Los Angeles, California. The National Endowment for the Arts' audio guide on F. Skip to main content. Introduction to the Book F. Scott Fitzgerald, c. The Way Up Although Fitzgerald's father went bankrupt, Fitzgerald still played with the rich kids in town. The Way Down Fitzgerald would not publish another novel for nine years. The novel's action occurs in between June and September. How does Nick's nonchronological narration shape your response to the events surrounding the mystery of Jay Gatsby?
Nick believes he is an honest, nonjudgemental narrator. Do you agree?
Gatsby believes that the past can be repeated.