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The Great Gatsby 11
This Side of Paradise 1

A Bad Place To Start

Tender is the Night 2
The Love of the Last Tycoon 2
The Beautiful and Damned 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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joecowley May 28th, 2007 08:54 PM PST

Fitzgeral was a alcoholic who never stopped drinking, though, unlike Hemingway, he made the effort, especially in later life. His masterpiece is The Great Gatsby, though it is an immature work. Though not as bad or as immature as his first two novels, which are just awful (though they brought him money and attention as a writer). I personally like his last two novels because, though not really finished or perfected, show some emotional growth. Other than that, he was a damned fine writer, which, to me, means he knew how to write a sentence. Joseph Cowley


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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940) was an Irish American Jazz Age novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. Fitzgerald was the self-styled spokesman of the "Lost Generation", Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that treat themes of youth, despair, and age. Many admire what they consider his remarkable emotional honesty. His heroes--handsome, confident, and doomed--blaze brilliantly before exploding, and his heroines are typically beautiful and alluring.

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