California · Graves

F. Scott Fitzgerald dies

December 21, 1940
Hollywood, California
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, best known for writing The Great Gatsby, dies at the age of 40 from a heart attack

Fitzgerald was a known alcoholic during his life since his college years and claimed to have developed tuberculosis, though some dispute the claim theorizing he used this excuse to cover his alcoholism. While alive, his 4 novels sold poorly. The late Matthew Bruccoli, professor of English and foremost expert on Fitzgerald’s life, wrote of the sales of Fitzgerald’s books “F. Scott Fitzgerald died believing himself a failure … The obituaries were condescending and he seemed destined for literary obscurity.”

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