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F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald, ca. 1920. Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

"F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Getrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos. Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald stands out as one the most important American writers of the twentieth century."

From the back cover of A Cornell Edition of The Great Gatsby


Learn more about F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and literary career by sampling the resources listed below. Included here are links to biographical web sites, access to selected Cornell digital resources, and recommended books and media from the Cornell University Library collections.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary

Biographical sources

Chronologies and Timelines

Works by and about F. Scott Fitzgerald


Digital Resources from Cornell University Library Collections

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Additional Cornell Resources


F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Bruccoli, Matthew, and Scottie Fitzgerald Smith and Joan P. Kerr, editors. The Romantic Egoists: A Pictorial Autobiography from the Scrapbooks and Albums of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. New York, Scribner, 1974.
    Uris Library PS3511.I91 Z51++
  • Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph. Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 2nd rev. ed. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2002.
    Olin Library PS3511.I9 Z566 2002
  • Mellow, James R. Invented Lives. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984.
    Olin Library PS3511.I91 Z687
    Uris Library PS3511.I91 Z687
  • Mizener, Arthur. The Far Side of Paradise. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951.
    Olin Library PS3511.I91 Z7
    Uris Library PS3511.I91 Z7

"Fitzgerald's life has, apart from its close connection with his work, a considerable interest of its own; it was a life at once representative and dramatic, at moments a charmed and beautiful success to which he and his wife, Zelda, were brilliantly equal, and at moments disastrous beyond the invention of the most macabre imagination."

from Chapter I, The Far Side of Paradise

  • Mizener, Arthur. Scott Fitzgerald and His World. New York, Putnam, 1972.
    Olin Library PS3511.I91 Z705
  • Engar, Ann W. Arthur Mizener. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 103: American Literary Biographers, First Series. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by Steven Serafin, Hunter College of The City University of New York. The Gale Group, 1991. pp. 184-191.

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

  • Cline, Sally. Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise. New York: Arcade, 2003.
    Olin Library PS3511.I9234 Z64 2003
    Uris Library PS3511.I9234 Z64 2003
  • Milford, Nancy. Zelda. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.
    Olin Library PS3511.I914 Z8 Uris Library PS3511.I914 Z8



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