A Brief Introduction of Fitzgerald's Life On September 24th, 1896 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is born at 481 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota to Edward and Mary, also known as Mollie, Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald attended Princeton College in 1917, then later on joined the Army. At this point in Fitzgerald's life he realizes his true calling was literature. In February of 1919 Fitzgerald goes to New York City to start his career, along with his soon to be wife Zelda. Fitzgerald begins his career in the city working for Barron Collier, an advertising agency. He lives at 200 Claremont Avenue during the first few months he resides in New York. During this time Fitzgerald and Zelda are informally engaged and continue to work at their soon to be marriage. Fitzgerald and Zelda's life in the City was just soon to begin, and Fitzgerald's success was also something that was soon going to take off and shock the 1920's with his literature. The end of Fitzgerald's life was a depressing time. Towards the end of Fitzgerald's career he worked as a freelance script writer and wrote short-short stories. He began the novel The Love of the Last Tycoon but had only written more than half of a working draft before he died. On December 21, 1940 Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack. Fitzgerald died believing himself as a failure. Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, died eight years later in a fire at Highland hospital, 1948. The obscurities were condescending, and he seemed destined for literary obscurity. By 1960 Fitzgerald had achieves a secure place among America's enduring writers: The Great Gatsby, a work that seriously examines the theme of aspiration in an American setting, defines the classic American novelist.