“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”
“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
“My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.”
“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Born: 24 September 1896
- Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota
- Died: 21 December 1940 (heart attack)
- Best Known As: The author of The Great Gatsby
Name at birth: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the best known American authors of the 1920s and ’30s and is closely associated with the optimism and excesses of that era’s “Jazz Age.” Fitzgerald’s stories often featured people like himself: middle-American types infatuated with the wealth and status of upper-crust society. In the mid-1920s he lived in Paris where he was friends with Ernest Hemingway and other literary expatriates. Fitzgerald was a popular celebrity of the day and he and his wife, Zelda, became famous for their extravagant lifestyle, drinking bouts and (eventually) erratic behavior. His major published novels include This Side of Paradise (1920), The Great Gatsby (1925), and Tender Is the Night (1934).
Fitzgerald was named for his distant cousin, Francis Scott Key, the composer of the American National Anthem… Other American writers of Fitzgerald’s era included John Steinbeck, Langston Hughes and William Faulkner.