F. Scott Fitzgerald


Birthday September 24, 1896

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Saint Paul, MN

DEATH DATE Dec 21, 1940 (44)

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Jazz Age author of The Great Gatsby, member of The Lost Generation, and husband of the eccentric socialite Zelda Fitzgerald. His novels include This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, and Tender Is the Night.

Before Fame

He was so intelligent as a child that he was permitted to attend only a half-day of school, and he could decide which half. He later matriculated at Princeton University, but was put on academic probation when he spent more time writing fiction than concentrating on his studies.


Daisy Buchanan, a character in The Great Gatsby, became one of the most prominent heroines of modern literature.

Family Life

He was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Mollie and Edward Fitzgerald. He was named after his distant cousin, the famous Francis Scott Key. He later married Zelda Sayre; the couple welcomed a daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald, in 1921.

Associated With

Leonardo Dicaprio starred as Jay Gatsby in the 2012 film adaptation of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.