NPR's Susan Stamberg reports on the life and legacy of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. September 24th marks the centennial of his birth. We return to the Princeton campus, where Fitzgerald attended school and where they still study his book This Side of Paradise --the book was a hit and launched F. Scott into early stardom. The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald's best-known book - continued exploring the theme of privilege, and demonstrated his skillful use of prose. We hear about his wife Zelda, the southern belle he adored but who suffered from mental illness that kept her in and out of hospitals, and about the writer's own problems with alcohol and writer's block. In the late '30s, Fitzgerald went west to write for the movies...he worked on several films, including "Gone with the Wind." His last novel, The Last Tycoon, was unfinished. F. Scott Fitzgerald died an early death in 1940, when he was only 44. Even though he named the Jazz Age and embodied it in his life, he died thinking he was a failure. (IN STEREO)
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