Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Biography of Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night, and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.
The Great Gatsby has been the basis for numerous films of the same name, spanning nearly 90 years; 1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, and an upcoming 2013 adaption. In 1958 his life from 1937–1940 was dramatized in Beloved Infidel.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald Poems
The Staying Up All Night
The warm fire. The comfortable chairs. The merry companions.
COME out . . . . out To this inevitable night of mine Oh you drinker of new wine,
We Leave To-Night
WE leave to-night . . . Silent, we filled the still, deserted street, A column of dim gray,
On A Play Twice Seen
HERE in the figured dark I watch once more; There with the curtain rolls a year away, A year of years — There was an idle day
Death slays the moon and the long dark deepens, Hastens to the city, to the drear stone-heaps, Films all eyes and whispers on the corners,
Princeton - The Last Day
THE last light wanes and drifts across the land, The low, long land, the sunny land of spires. The ghosts of evening tune again their lyres
Sleep Of A University
WATCHING through the long, dim hours Like statued Mithras, stand ironic towers; Their haughty lines severe by light
On A Play Twice Seen
HERE in the figured dark I watch once more;
There with the curtain rolls a year away,
A year of years — There was an idle day
Of ours, when happy endings didn't bore
Our unfermented souls, and rocks held ore:
Your little face beside me, wide-eyed, gay,
Smiled its own repertoire, while the poor play
Reached me as a faint ripple reaches shore.