Essay by DIANA CHOWUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, March 1996

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Welcome to the roaring 1920's! The Jazz Age. A period within time which the passive behaviors, beliefs, and purity of the past generations, were tossed aside to create room for the changes America

was about to experience! The birth of independent voting rights for women, lavishing parties, and where excitement was to be found in every corner. This was the era in which the people were considered the 'Lost

Generation,' and from this environment emerged a eminent writer of those times. Francis Scott Fitzgerald.

Born to the calm and submissive atmosphere of St. Paul Minnesota, he came from a line of highly regarded men and women from his family's past. His most famous relative by far was Francis Scott

Key. The writer of our national anthem. Though he was certainly the most famous Fitzgerald, his mother was the most eccentric. Often dressed in miss-matched shoes and had a peculiar behavior, she at one time stared

at a woman whose husband was dying and said: 'I'm trying to decide how you'll look in the mourning.'

'I helped him by encouraging his urge to write adventures. It was also his best work. He did not shine in his other subjects. It was the pride in his literary work that put him in his real bent.' Recalls his

St. Paul Academy teacher. From that prestigious school he then traveled and began attendance in Princeton University. Not a promising student he was often late to his classes. His excuse was once 'Sir-it's absurd to

expect me to be on time. I'm a genius!!!' Though the 'Princeton years' we not his most memorable, it provided an outlet for his writing, and talent.

During his junior year he left Princeton and entered the army in 1917. Though he was...