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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1917, he left Princeton to join the army. Shortly after his demobilization, he sold his first short story to the Smart Set, edited by H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan. His first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), earned him immediate critical and financial success. That same year, he married Zelda Sayre. For the next decade, the couple divided their time between New York, Paris, the Riviera, and Rome, becoming part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and Thomas Wolfe. During this period, Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby (1925). Increasingly beset by his wife's mental illness and his own drinking, Fitzgerald returned to America, where he wrote the heavily autobiographical Tender Is the Night (1934). He died in Hollywood in 1940 of a heart attack while working on his final novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon.


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