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F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]

American author Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald grew up in a well-to-do family in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Buffalo, New York; after attending Princeton University and joining the U.S. Army, his first novel was published to great success, allowing him to marry Zelda Sayre of Montgomery, Alabama. He continued writing novels and short stories but struggled financially while living in France and in Baltimore, Maryland, then moved to California to write for the movie studios. He was found dead of a heart attack in his apartment in Hollywood.      

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F. Scott Fitzgerald entry at Wikipedia
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society [est. 1990]
The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum [est. 1986] in Montgomery, Alabama

F. Scott Fitzgerald Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
"The Great Gatsby" 1925 Novel & Movies Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
"The Last Tycoon" 1941/1993 Novel & Movies Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Library of America F. Scott Fitzgerald  "F. Scott Fitzgerald: Novels and Stories, 1920-1922" [2000]
Edited by Jackson R. Bryer

Kindle Edition from Library of America [2000 edition] for $17.99
Library of America 8¼x5¼ hardcover [8/2000] for $25.48
includes novels "This Side of Paradise" [1920] & "The Beautiful and Damned" [1922], and short story collections "Flappers and Philosophers" [8 stories 1920] & "Tales of The Jazz Age" [11 stories 1922]
rights must be very tightly controlled by the family/estate/publishers because Library of America has no volume of the later books



“Either you think or else others have to think for you and take power from you,
pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”  {Issue #43}
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“What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.”  {Issue #59}
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“What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.” (in "The Last Tycoon" (1941))  {blog 10/2007}
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“Every novelist is a failed poet.”  {blog 7/2008}
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“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but also in the ability to start over.”  {blog 1/2010}
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“All fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentences.”  {blog 10/2010}
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“The cleverly expressed opposite of any generally-accepted idea is worth a fortune to somebody.”  {blog 9/2012}
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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”  {blog 11/2012}
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“Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story.”  {blog 12/2012}
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“There has never been an American tragedy. There have only been great failures.”  {blog 8/2013}
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“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”  {blog 11/2013}
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“Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.”
— in "The Great Gatsby" [1925]  {blog 7/2015}
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“Writers aren't exactly people . . . they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.”  {blog 8/2015}
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“Life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose in older people, the love of youth in others.”  {blog 3/2016}
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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that
familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”   — in "The Great Gatsby", 1925  {blog 4/2016}
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“All good writing is swimming underwater holding your breath.”  {blog 6/2016}
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“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
— in "The Great Gatsby" [1925]  {blog 11/2016}
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“There were so many lies in the air that [another] one more or less made little difference.” - in new short story “The I.O.U.”  {blog 3/2017}

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotations Not Yet Used on Blog

"You can take Hollywood for granted, like I did, or you can dismiss it with the contempt we reserve for what we don't understand."

"Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy."

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