1940 – F Scott Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack at the age of forty-four.

Fitzgerald’s greatest opus The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 to wide acclaim. Although a literary success, Fitzgerald’s life was riddled with pain and despair caused by his excessive drinking and his wife’s mental instability.

Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota the son of Edward and Mary McQuillan Fitzgerald. an Irish Catholic family.

The Great Gatsby opens with:

Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;

If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,

Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,

I must have you!”

Download free copy of The Great Gatsby at The University of Adelaide: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/f/fitzgerald/f_scott/gatsby/

Read A Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald: http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/biography.html

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