F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) is regarded as one of the greatest  American writers of the 20th century. He finished four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his master work The Great Gatsby.

Fitzgerald’s fifth novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon,  was unfinished and published after his death. He also wrote many short stories, a play, and essays.

First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922 – the beginning of the roaring 20’s in America. Gatsby has been dramatized on film six times, and a seventh is on the way. The most famous was in 1974,  starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby, Sam Waterston as narrator Nick Carraway, and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, with a script by Francis Ford Coppola.

Some great quotes from The Great Gatsby:

“It takes two to make an accident.”

“So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”

“When a man gets killed I never like to get mixed up in it in any way. I keep out. When I was a young man it was different… I stuck with them to the end… Let us learn to show friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

“Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”