After the success of Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise, the glamorous Zelda Sayre consented to marry him. Their marriage was a pivotal point in Fitzgerald’s life.
They both enjoyed the arts and an extravagant life style. They lived a good deal of their rich, crazy and irresponsible life together in Long Island. They enjoyed expensive liquors and offended many people by their outrageous behavior. This way of life is reflected by his characters in his biggest novel, The Great Gatsby, which is also set in Long Island. To them, life was one big party until Zelda was hospitalized for schizophrenia at the start of the Great Depression in 1929. This also marks the start of Fitzgerald’s personal depression.
While Zelda was being treated for schizophrenia, Fitzgerald became a Hollywood scriptwriter in 1937 in order to make ends meet financially. His affair with Sheilah Graham started shortly thereafter and lasted until his death. Fitzgerald died due to a heart attack which is likely to have been caused by his alcohol addiction. Zelda died and was buried with him 8 years after he died. Fitzgerald’s legacy to American literature is not limited to the books he wrote, but to what he said through them. He once said: “You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
Fitzgerald certainly had something to say. Fitzgerald’s simple and factual writing allowed his readers to join him as he analysed contemporary issues such as the American Dream. Fitzgerald lived what was meant to be the perfect life style, but he wrote novels that portrayed the 1920’s as the broken and distorted illusion that it really was.
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