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Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937
Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937

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Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald Was Born
September 24, 1896

Fiction writers are often asked, "How much of you is in your characters?" For writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, it was a lot. Born September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald was famous for his depictions of the Jazz Age (the 1920s) in which he thrived. Named for his distant cousin, Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner," he was brought up as an American aristocrat in St. Paul, but he was also driven by a highly charged, romantic imagination.
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