F. Scott Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl van Vechten in 1937Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.
Novels such as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night were made into films, and in 1958 his life from 1937–1940 was dramatized in Beloved Infidel
“I helped Lettie a little about washing and sawed wood rest of the forenoon. Went to the sale at Isaac Johnsons this afternoon. Last Tuesday we sold the Dougherty Cow to Joseph C Williams for $40.00 and I bought a three year old heifer today for the same price. A little squirrelly and cold today.”