January 21, 2017

Today in History: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Today in History–September 24–the Library of Congress features writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, born on this day in 1896. Named for his distant cousin Francis Scott Key, author of the The Star-Spangled Banner. Fitzgerald also enjoyed instant success with his first writing effort, the novel This Side of Paradise. Five years later Fitzgerald’s most celebrated novel, The Great Gatsby, was published. Learn more about this iconic American author by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to F. Scott Fitzgerald and the jazz age he wrote about.

F. Scott Fitzgerald brief bio from America’s Library

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Spires and Gargoyles: Early Writings, 1909-1919 by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Notes from a Conversation with F. Scott Fitzgerald about How to Write Short Stories

F. Scott Fitzgerald image set

The Great Gatsby: Primary Sources from the Roaring Twenties (high school lesson plan)

Books that shaped America: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Letters About Literature: Xinyue Ye writes to F. Scott Fitzgerald about The Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby featival at the historic Mount Washington Hotel in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

Jazz image set (1900-1939)

Jazz sheet music

Ragtime & jazz songs (audio recordings)

More writer primary source collections

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