Readers learn of his past, his education, and his sense of moral justice, as he begins to unfold the story of Jay Gatsby. The story proper begins when Nick moves from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking to become a "well-rounded man" and to recapture some of the excitement and adventure he experienced as a soldier in WWI. As he tries to make his way as a bond salesman, he rents a small house next door to a mansion which, it turns out, belongs to Gatsby.
Scott Fitzgerald, one of the foremost twentieth century American writers.
His father, Edward, brought breeding, charm, and a sense of elegance to the family, although as a businessman, he experienced only marginal financial success. Fitzgerald's mother, Mollie McQuillan, was the daughter of an Irish immigrant who made a fortune in the wholesale grocery business.
Although she came from a family of means, she had little interest in society life, except as it regarded her son's future. The family lived comfortably on the outskirts of the city's most fashionable residential neighborhood, Summit Avenue, thanks largely to the generosity of the McQuillan family.
Although the Fitzgeralds lived just blocks from the city's most elegant and wealthy families, they were not considered rich and therefore were perched precariously on the community's social hierarchy.
They possessed what some critics have come to call "a certain genteel shabbiness. The Fitzgeralds lived in Minnesota on and off during Scott's youth. When his father's business folded inthe elder Fitzgerald took a job the following year as a salesman for Procter and Gamble, consequently moving his family to New York, first to Buffalo, then Syracuse, and then back to Buffalo.
He was fired from his job inand just months before Scott's twelfth birthday, the family returned to St.
Paul where the McQuillan family still lived. From that point, the Fitzgeralds essentially lived off the McQuillan family fortune. Although Scott would call St.
Paul home from tohe was often not there. Rather, he spent much of that time at boarding school, at Princeton University, in the army, and in New York City. Prep School and College Although Edward and Mollie Fitzgerald did not mingle much in the society life of their community, they saw to it that Scott met the right people.
He attended the prep school and dancing classes where the elite sent their children. InFitzgerald entered the St. Paul Academy where he was received with mixed welcome many of the students apparently thought he was too arrogant.
He excelled in debate and athletics, pushing himself continually. He would publish three more stories in the next two years.
He would also begin writing plays while still a student at St. Inhowever, due largely to Scott's less than stellar scholastic record, his parents sent him to the Newman School, a Catholic prep school in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Here he met Fr. Sigourney Fay who would serve as a mentor, encouraging him to develop his talents and pursue his dreams of personal achievement and distinction. During the years at Newman, Fitzgerald published three stories in the school literary magazine, helping him to realize that despite his interest in athletics, he was more successful in literary endeavors.
InFitzgerald entered Princeton University.In the five years between the publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise () and his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby (), F Scott Fitzgerald experienced the kind of literary success. The Great Gatsby is probably F.
Scott Fitzgerald's greatest novel--a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the s.
The Great Gatsby is an American classic and a wonderfully evocative work. Like much of Fitzgerald's prose, it is neat and well--crafted.
The Great Gatsby Homework Help Questions. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, who is the villian? In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, I find that Tom and Daisy are the villains.
Many of these events from Fitzgerald’s early life appear in his most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, published in Like Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway is a thoughtful young man from Minnesota, educated at an Ivy League school (in Nick’s case, Yale), who moves to New York after the war.
Despite favorable reviews, the novel sold even more poorly than The Great Gatsby. At the time of his death in , Fitzgerald was working on The Last Tycoon (), a . The F.
Scott stands for Francis Scott – which means that, yes, Fitzgerald was named after his distant relative (second cousin three times removed) Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the words t.