F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
Fitzgerald was distantly related to Francis Scott Key, to whom he is a namesake.
His first novel, "This Side of Paradise," catapulted him into wide popularity. It was autobiographical, featuring a male student at Princeton as the protagonist.
Fitzgerald spent the 1920s living a glamorous life and even chronicled his decadent generation with "The Great Gatsby," for which he is best known.
"The Great Gatsby" is arguably the great American novel.
Pub Date: 12/13/98