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2 Life Born: 1896. St Paul, Minnesota upper-middle-class family only surviving child bright, handsome and ambitious boy Schools: Buffalo,St Paul, New Jersey, Princeton University

3 „Near the end of my last year at school I came across a new musical-comedy score lying on top of the piano. It was a show called His Honor the Sultan, and the title furnished the information that it had been presented by the Triangle Club of Princeton University.That was enough for me. From then on the university question was settled. I was bound for Princeton.” „I spent my entire Freshman year writing an operetta for the Triangle Club. To do this I failed in algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and hygiene. But the Triangle Club accepted my show, and by tutoring all through a stuffy August I managed to come back a Sophomore and act in it as a chorus girl. A little after this came a hiatus. My health broke down and I left college one December to spend the rest of the year recuperating in the West. Almost my final memory before I left was of writing a last lyric on that year’s Triangle production while in bed in the infirmary with a high fever.”

4 1917: joined the US army -afraid that he might die in the war he wrote a novel: The Romantic Egoist „By autumn I was in an infantry officers’ training camp at Fort Leavenworth, with poetry in the discard and a brand-new ambition—I was writing an immortal novel…”

5 „ I had only three months to live— in those days all infantry officers thought they had only three months to live—and I had left no mark on the world. But such consuming ambition was not to be thwarted by a mere war. Every Saturday at one o’clock when the week’s work was over I hurried to the Officers’ Club, and there, in a corner of a roomful of smoke, conversation and rattling newspapers, I wrote a one-hundred-and- twenty-thousand-word novel on the consecutive week- ends of three months. There was no revising; there was no time for it. As I finished each chapter I sent it to a typist in Princeton.”

6 1918. Ginevra King Zelda Sayre -both women rejects him,as his pocket was empty ” I became an advertising man at ninety dollars a month, writing the slogans that while away the weary hours in rural trolley cars. After hours I wrote stories—from March to June. There were nineteen altogether; the quickest written in an hour and a half, the slowest in three days. No one bought them, no one sent personal letters. I had one hundred and twenty-two rejection slips pinned in a frieze about my room. „

7 Fortune changed „In the next two months I wrote eight stories and sold nine. The ninth was accepted by the same magazine that had rejected it four months before. Then, in November, I sold my first story to the editors of The Saturday Evening Post. By February I had sold them half a dozen. Then my novel came out. Then I got married. Now I spend my time wondering how it all happened.” -Zelda marries him free-spirited, imaginative and thoroughly spoiled little girl

8 How to Live on $36,000 a Year „I had made only thirty-five dollars the previous August, while here in April I was making three thousand—and it seemed as if it was going to do so forever. At the end of the year it must reach half a million. Of course with such a state of affairs, economy seemed a waste of time. So we went to live at the most expensive hotel in New York, intending to wait there until enough money accumulated for a trip abroad.” -they lived in the most expensive hotel -wasted their money on pleasure „To make a long story short, after we had been married for three months I found one day to my horror that I didn’t have a dollar in the world, and the weekly hotel bill for two hundred dollars would be due next day.”

9 „This particular crisis passed next morning when the discovery that publishers sometimes advance royalties sent me hurriedly to mine. So the only lesson I learned from it was that my money usually turns up somewhere in time of need, and that at the worst you can always borrow.” -his whole lifestyle was like this -asked for loans several times or payments in advance -their only child was born in 1921 Frances Scott (Scottie)

10 Saving up they moved to east ” It is one of those little towns springing up on all sides of New York which are built especially for those who have made money suddenly but have never had money before.” Writing the Great Gatsby ” I had begun a new novel, you see, and it occurred to me it would be much better business in the end to keep at the novel and live on the Liberty Bonds while I was writing it. Unfortunately the novel progressed slowly, while the Liberty Bonds went at an alarming rate of speed. The novel was interrupted whenever there was any sound above a whisper in the house, while the Liberty Bonds were never interrupted at all.”

11 „ To my profound astonishment the year, the great year, was almost over. I was $5, 000 in debt, and my one idea was to get in touch with a reliable poorhouse where we could hire a room and bath for nothing a week. But one satisfaction nobody could take from us. We had spent $36, 000, and purchased for one year the right to be members of the newly rich class. What more can money buy?” Result: he had to work day and night to get out of dept Got a letter from a friend- they moved to France in the hope being able to live from nothing for a year. Period of constant travelling between Europe and America They didn’t have a home only a long list of hotel addresses -France

12 Ernest Hemingway Friends He didn’t get on well with Zelda Fitzgerald helps him to become more well-known and paves his way Became a more acknowledged writer

13 1929-30 Zelda becomes mentally ill lifelong struggle to create her own artistic identity. 1928 wants to become a professional ballerina age of 27, three years of intense ballet work (eight hours a day) damaged her health

14 Wall Street Crash „In the dark autumn of two years later we saw New York again. We passed through curiously polite customs agents, and then with bowed head and hat in hand I walked reverently through the echoing tomb. Among the ruins a few childish wraiths still played to keep up the pretence that they were alive, betraying by their feverish voices and hectic cheeks the thinness of the masquerade.” (My Lost City) He’s getting older and his power is decreasing He feels himself unable to write anything special Zelda enters the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

15 Sleeping and Waking Sleeping disorders ” But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work—and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.” Remorse: „Waste and horror—what I might have been and done that is lost, spent, gone, dissipated, unrecapturable. I could have acted thus, refrained from this, been bold where I was timid, cautious where I was rash.”

16 The Crack-Up (1936) he travels to the south dept of 10000$ Health problems- alcoholic Zelda is incurable Burnt out- unable to write

17 „Now a man can crack in many ways -- can crack in the head, in which case the power of decision is taken from you by others; or in the body, when one can but submit to the white hospital world; or in the nerves. William Seabrook in an unsympathetic book tells, with some pride and a movie ending, of how he became a public charge. What led to his alcoholism, or was bound up with it, was a collapse of his nervous system. Though the present writer was not so entangled -- having at the time not tasted so much as a glass of beer for six months -- it was his nervous reflexes that were giving way -- too much anger and too many tears.”

18 Reasons „ I began to realize that for two years my life had been a drawing on resources that I did not possess, that I had been mortgaging myself physically and spiritually up to the hilt. What was the small gift of life given back in comparison to that? ”

19 Hollywood 1937 3rd time To revive his career achieved modest financial success for his efforts met with Sheilah Graham Exchanged letters with Zelda and Scottie 1940.Dec. 21 died of a heart attack

20 “His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.” (Ernest Hemingway)

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