During his lifetime, F. Scott Fitzgerald did not receive any major literary awards. Before his death in 1940, he believed he was a failure. He is now considered one of the best American writers of the 20th century.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St. Paul, Minn. He was named after Francis Scott Key, who was an ancestor. He attended Princeton University from 1913 until he left to enter the United STates Army in 1917. He started his writing career while at Princeton and published his first novel titled "This Side of Paradise" in 1920. In this same year, he married Zelda Sayre. In 1925, "The Great Gatsby" was published. The novel is considered a literary masterpiece of the 20th century. Fitzgerald wrote many other novels and short stories. He died in 1940 at the age of 44.