F. Scott Fitzgerald, considered one of America’s best writers, was born at the present time in 1896. He got here of age throughout the Nineteen Twenties, a time of flappers and ex-patriots, romance and disillusionment, and conventional values clashing with quick rising trendy views. Fitzgerald who coined the time period “Jazz Age” got down to map its manners and mores.
With a pointy eye for telling element and a present for characterization, the novelist might seize the temper of the second and the depth of a person’s emotions with aching readability. As early as 1922, Fitzgerald started to give attention to the darkish facet of his character’s yearnings for love and success. Critic Morris Dickstein stated of his expertise:
“Fitzgerald’s actual story was that he by no means stopped growing, by no means stopped rising, at the same time as he made breakdown and failure his dominant theme.” A ultimate reward which this author possessed was a capability to seize the category battle and the first position of cash throughout these unconventional occasions.
To Title This Day:
Have fun Fitzgerald’s birthday by watching The Nice Gatsby, The Final Tycoon, or Tender Is the Night time.
Ponder the connections between Fitzgerald’s views on riches, the unreality of the rich, and the messes made by the highly effective.
- “Riches have by no means fascinated me, except mixed with the best allure or distinction.”
- “The world, as a rule, doesn’t stay on seashores and in nation golf equipment.”
- “I couldn’t forgive him or like him, however I noticed that what he had finished was, to him, totally justified. It was all very careless and confused. They had been careless individuals, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up issues and creatures after which retreated again into their cash or their huge carelessness, or no matter it was that saved them collectively, and let different individuals clear up the mess they’d made.”
— The Nice Gatsby