F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography | Author of The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896, to Edward and Mary (“Mollie”) Fitzgerald. In 1898, the family moved to upstate New York, where Edward worked as a salesman for Procter and Gamble. By the time the family returned to St. Paul, Fitzgerald was twelve years old, and his parents enrolled him at St. Paul Academy. Though Fitzgerald’s family was by no means poor, they were not nearly as wealthy as most of the families that sent their sons to the academy, and it was here that Fitzgerald’s lifelong fascination with the lives of the extremely wealthy began. At St. Paul Academy, he wrote stories for the school magazine and performed in school plays. After the academy, he went on to the Newman School in Hackensack, New Jersey, a Catholic prep school. He continued his writing at...

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