Five interesting facts about F. Scott Fitzgerald
It’s his birth date
F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the world’s most celebrated 20th century writers, was born on Sept. 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minn.
Named for famous ancestor
Francis Scott Fitzgerald (his full name) was named after his second cousin, Francis Scott Key, who penned the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner.’’
Classic originally a flop
Fitzgerald’s 1925 masterpiece “The Great Gatsby” was never a best-seller in his lifetime. But it achieved great notoriety later as some 150,000 copies were shipped to World War II U.S. servicemen overseas. It now sells about 500,000 copies per year.
Rocky relationship with Hemingway
Fitzgerald and fellow writer Ernest Hemingway became fast friends after meeting in 1925, but the relationship soured because of Hemingway’s strong dislike for Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda.
Death came early
Hemingway suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 44.