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
The Great Gatsby: Primary Sources from the Roaring Twenties (high school lesson plan)
Ragtime & jazz songs (audio recordings)