F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Introduction

(Literary Masters)

F. Scott Fitzgerald

See also, The Great Gatsby Criticism and "Babylon Revisited" Criticism.

Chronology

1853: Edward Fitzgerald, father of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is born near Rockville, Maryland.

1858: Anthony D. Sayre, father of Zelda Sayre, is born in Tuskegee, Alabama.

1860: Mary (Mollie) McQuillan, mother of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnie Buckner Machen, mother of Zelda Sayre, is born in Eddyville, Kentucky.

June 1884: Anthony Sayre and Minnie Machen are married near Eddyville, Kentucky.

12 February 1890: Edward Fitzgerald and Mollie McQuillan are married in Washington, D.C.

24 September 1896: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is born at 481 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul.

April 1898: Edward Fitzgerald’s St. Paul furniture factory fails, and he takes a salesman’s job with Procter & Gamble in New York State. He and his family live alternately in Buffalo and Syracuse until July 1908.

24 July 1900: Zelda Sayre is born at South Street, Montgomery, Alabama.

21 July 1901: Annabel Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s sister, is born.

1907: Sayre family moves to 6 Pleasant Avenue, Montgomery, where Zelda lives until her marriage.

March 1908: Edward Fitzgerald loses his Procter & Gamble job.

July 1908: Fitzgerald family returns to St. Paul.

September 1908: F. Scott Fitzgerald becomes student at St. Paul Academy.

1909: Judge Anthony Sayre is appointed associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

October 1909: “The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage,” a short story that is Fitzgerald’s first appearance in print, is published in The St. Paul Academy Now and Then.

August 1911: Fitzgerald’s first play, The Girl from Lazy J, is produced by the Elizabethan Dramatic Club in St. Paul.

September 1911: Fitzgerald becomes student at Newman School, Hackensack, New Jersey.

August 1912: Fitzgerald’s second play, The Captured Shadow, is produced by the Elizabethan Dramatic Club in St. Paul.

November 1912: Fitzgerald meets Father Sigourney Fay and Anglo-Irish writer Shane Leslie.

August 1913: Fitzgerald’s third play, Coward, is produced by the Elizabethan Dramatic Club in St. Paul.

September 1913: Fitzgerald enters Princeton University as a member of the Class of 1917; meets Edmund Wilson (Class of 1916), who will become a distinguished literary critic, and John Peale Bishop (Class of 1917), who will become a respected poet.

September 1914: Fitzgerald’s fourth play, Assorted Spirits; is produced by the Elizabethan Dramatic Club in St. Paul.

December 1914: Fitzgerald’s first Princeton Triangle Club show, Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!, for which he wrote book and lyrics, is produced.

4 January 1915: In St. Paul, Fitzgerald meets Ginevra King, a Lake Forest, Illinois, debutante, with whom he becomes romantically involved.

April 1915: Fitzgerald’s play Shadow Laurels is his first publication in The Nassau Literary Magazine.

June 1915: Fitzgerald’s “The Ordeal,” later rewritten as “Benediction,” is his first short story to be published in The Nassau Literary Magazine.

28 November 1915: Fitzgerald drops out of Princeton for remainder of his junior year.

December 1915: The Evil Eye, Fitzgerald’s second Princeton Triangle Club show, for which he wrote lyrics, is produced.

September 1916: Fitzgerald returns to Princeton as member of Class of 1918.

December 1916: Safety First, Fitzgerald’s third Princeton Triangle Club show, for which he wrote lyrics, is produced.

26 October 1917: Fitzgerald receives commission as second lieutenant in U.S. infantry.

20 November 1917: Fitzgerald reports to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; starts work on “The Romantic Egotist,” a novel.

End of February 1918: On leave from army, Fitzgerald goes to Princeton, where he finishes first draft of “The Romantic Egotist” sends novel to Shane Leslie, who in May submits it to Charles Scribner’s Sons.

15 March 1918: Fitzgerald is stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

April 1918: Fitzgerald is stationed at Camp Gordon, Georgia.

May 1918: Zelda Sayre graduates from Sidney Lanier High School,...

(The entire section is 76,449 words.)