F Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896. He was educated at Princeton and joined the army in 1917. While stationed in Alabama he met Zelda Sayre and later married her in New York. The couple's youth, beauty and notorious lifestyle made them famous during the era that Fitzgerald dubbed 'the Jazz Age'. Fitzgerald's first novel, This Side of Paradise, was published in 1920 and was a tremendous critical and commercial success. He wrote The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night as well as volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces. Fitzgerald was working on The Last Tycoon when he died in 1940, aged 44.