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American Legends: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors
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Book Description

*Includes pictures of important people and places.
*Includes some of Fitzgerald's most famous quotes.
*Analyzes the real life inspirations behind Fitzgerald's work and the stormy relationship with Zelda.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath." – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

The 1920s in the United States were known as the “Roaring Twenties” and the Jazz Age, a time in the nation that glorified hard and fast living. Nobody personified the age or wrote so descriptively about it better than F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), whose name became synonymous with the times after penning the epic Great Gatsby.

Along with his dazzling wife Zelda, Fitzgerald was all too keen to play the role. When his writing made them celebrities, they were celebrated by the national press for being “young, seemingly wealthy, beautiful, and energetic.” While Scott used their relationship as material in his novels, Zelda wrote herself, and she also strove to become a ballerina.

However, the Fitzgeralds barely outlasted the ‘20s. Their hard living left Fitzgerald, a notorious alcoholic, in poor health by the ‘30s. Financially broke, he would die of a massive heart attack in 1940, by which time Zelda had already suffered various mental illnesses. Zelda died in a freak fire in 1948, both Fitzgeralds having burned out almost as quickly as they had shined.

Interest in the Fitzgeralds, and particularly F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing, revived in the ‘50s and has been steady ever since, with Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby and other stories like This Side of Paradise being read in classrooms across the United States. In addition to their extraordinary literary quality, they continue to represent the optimism of the Roaring Twenties.

American Legends: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald profiles the life and career of one of America’s most famous writers and cultural icons. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about F. Scott Fitzgerald like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

  • File Size: 836 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (May 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Tragic, Short Lives November 26, 2014
By JJares
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Probably no couple’s lives matched the hoopla of the Roaring Twenties better than F Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. This ebook does a great job to describing the frantic (and manic) times and how Fitzgerald and Zelda lived it to the max.

Fitzgerald was as doomed as The Great Gatsby; his love for the mentally-unstable Zelda interfered with his life (as a literary genius). Fitzgerald probably used his life as story material more obviously than anyone else of his era.

Fitzgerald worked (initially at short stories) to get Zelda and then to keep her. They lived the glamorous life of the wealthy, whether they were or not. At one point, Zelda decided to become a ballerina (!); it wouldn't do to be average, so she studied in Europe.

F Scott died in 1940, a man in poor health (a confirmed alcoholic) and died of a massive heart attack. At that time, he was poor and decided that his work was unimportant. Eight years later, Zelda died in a fire. These two vibrant characters personified the Jazz Age; when it was gone, so were they.

Having already read a biography of Zelda, I thought this eBook did an excellent job of mentioning Zelda’s mental illnesses without letting her story take over this short history lesson.

By the 1950’s there was a resurgence of interest in Fitzgerald’s work. The Great Gatsby is numbered among the short list for ‘the great American novel.’
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Like all of the Charles River books, this one is a short biography. This time of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

All of these books are short (30 or so print pages) and intended to be read in a sitting.

It doesn't go deeply into any one part of Fitzgerald's life, but if you want a quick "wikipedia" type view of his tragic life and death, it is worth it.

You learn about the major influences on his life and how they shaped him and probably killed him at way too young of an age.

There's a good reading list in the back of the book if you want to read more about him later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Man behind the stories March 10, 2014
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A brief look at the life of F Scott Fitzgerald lived struggling against fame and relevance while he turned out some of the most cherished novels of all time. The loves and betrayals fueled by a life of alcoholic induced over indulgence build the tragic views of life that Fitzgerald shared with his readers and ultimately cut his life short at 44.
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