F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby *Fitzgerald is considered to be one of the primary spokesman of the era he named “The Jazz Age” *A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald grew up in a family that was only moderately Well-off. His boyhood and adolescence was spent acquiring the proper manners and Learning the strict social code of upper-class Midwestern urban life. *His family’s Irish Catholicism and the strict Protestant moral standards of the Bible Belt Provided him with unquestionable guidelines for irreproachable, pretentious behavior. *Fitzgerald was sent to a prep school in New Jersey and then enrolled in Princeton. He served in the U.S. Army from 1917 - 1919, but saw no overseas service. *In 1920, Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre and began his career as a published writer With This Side of Paradise, an immediate best seller. *The remaining 20 years of Fitzgerald’s life were kind of like a roller-coaster ride. When he and Zelda were expecting their daughter, they moved back to St. Paul because Of a feeling that the east was no place to raise an innocent child. *Zelda, who had always been rather unstable, had a nervous breakdown in 1930, and by 1934 she was declared insane and had to be institutionalized. *Fitzgerald died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of only 44 *The Great Gatsby is considered to be his finest work and , in fact one of the classic Masterpieces of American Literature.