F. Scott Fitzgerald, in full Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, (born September 24, 1896, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. – died December 21, 1940, Hollywood, California, U.S.) was an American short story writer, novelist, and a notable member of the Lost Generation.
Fitzgerald finished four novels and wrote dozens of short stories. He is best known for his third novel and masterpiece, The Great Gatsby (1925). Also, he wrote This Side of Paradise (1920), The Beautiful and Damned (1922), and Tender Is the Night (1934). His last and unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously in 1941.
Although his work has inspired many people since he was first published, Fitzgerald did not receive much critical acclaim until his death. Today, he is widely considered one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century.