Saturday, 24 September 2016

ON THIS DAY - SEPTEMBER 24TH 1896

"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."


On this day in 1896  a boy named Francis was born in Minnesota to a middle-class family. Over 20 years later said boy was on his way to becoming the renowned author he is today; still celebrated and admired 120 years after his birth.

I was first introduced to Fitzgerald while in sixth form studying my Literature A-Level; we studied The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's most popular and famous work. What this started was an ardent love for Gatsby, and the wonder that is Fitzgerald and his writing.

Fitzgerald released an impressive selection of novels and short stories within his short writing career including: The Beautiful ad the Damned and Flappers and Philosophers. His works explored the enigmatic Jazz Age as well as the feelings of displacement and dissatisfaction in the 'Lost Generation' era post-war. Fitzgerald sadly died at 44 and we are left with but a scant library of his true level of skill, but what work he has left so graciously behind is testament to his prowess as one of the greatest modern writers in recent history.

"Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy."


F. Scott Fitzgerald 
24th September 1896 - December 21 1940


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