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F. Scott Fitzgerald Timeline

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September 24, 1896- The birth of Francis Scott Key
Fitzgerald at 481 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul.

April 1898- After the failure of his St. Paul furniture factory, Scott's father looses his job as a wicker furniture salesman and takes a job as salesman with Procter & Gamble. He moves, with the family, to Buffalo, New York.

July 24, 1900- The birth of the Sayres sixth child, Zelda, was born at home on South Street, Montgomery, Alabama. Judge Anthony Sayre was 42, Minnie was 40.

January 1901- The Fitzgerald family moves to Syracuse, New York, where Procter & Gamble transfers Scott's father.

September 1903- The Fitzgerald family move back to Buffalo, where Procter & Gamble transfers Scott's father.

1907- The Sayre family move to 6 Pleasant Avenue. (Zelda's home until her marriage.)

March 1908- Edward Fitzgerald loses his job at Procter & Gamble.

July 1908- The Fitzgerald family return to St. Paul (514 Holly Street).

September 1908- Scott enters the St. Paul Academy. His grades were so poor that his parents decided to send him to a Catholic Prep School in New Jersey. From age 15 onwards Scott was only back in St. Paul for holidays.

1909- Zelda begins ballet studies, which she will again take later in life.

October 1909- Scott gets his first publication in print, The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage in The St. Paul Academy Now and Then.

August 1911- Production of Scott's first play, The Girl from Lazy J is staged at the Elizabethan Dramatic Club in St. Paul.

September 1911- Scott enters Newman School, Hackensack, New Jersey.

August 1912- Production of Scott's play The Captured Shadow at the Elizabethan Dramatic Club, St Paul.

August 1913- The production of Scott's play Coward at the St. Paul Y.W.C.A. Auditorium.

September 1913- Scott enters Princeton University with Class of 1917 and contributes to The Princeton Tiger, a
Princeton University humour magazine.

Deptember 1914- The production of Scott's play Assorted Spirits at the St. Paul Y.W.C.A. Auditorium.

September 1914- Zelda enters Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery.

December 1914- The production of Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!, a musical comedy, with 17 song lyrics by Scott, presented by the Princeton University theatrical group, the Princeton Triangle Club.

April 1915- Shadow Laurels, is published in The Nassau Literary Magazine.

November 1915- Scott attends his last class and drops out of Princeton for remainder of junior year.

December 1915- Production of The Evil Eye, a musical comedy with 17 song lyrics by Scott presented by the Princeton Triangle Club.

September 1916- Scott returns to Princeton.

December 1916- Production of Safety First, a musical comedy with 21 song lyrics by Scott by the Princeton Triangle Club.

1917- Zelda abandons ballet studies.

Spring 1917- Scotts poor academic record forces his withdrawal from Princeton before graduation.

October 1917- Scott receives commission as 2nd lieutenant in U.S. infantry.

February 1918- Scott receives leave from the army. He travels to Princeton, where he completes the first draft of "The Romantic Egotist."

March 1918- Scott reports to Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky.

February 1919- With the war ended, Scott is discharged from the army. Planning to marry Zelda, he goes to New York and works for the Barron Collier advertising agency.

Spring 1919- Scott visits Montgomery in April, May, and June. Zelda remains reluctant to commit herself to marriage.

June 1919- Zelda breaks off the engagement.

July/August 1919- Scott quits his advertising job, leaves New York, returns home on July 1 to 599 Summit Avenue St. Paul and rewrites The Romantic Egotist, which he renames This Side of Paradise.

September 1919- Maxwell Perkins of Scribner's accepts This Side Of Paradise.

March/May 1920- Scott's Myra Meets His Family, The Camel's Back, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, The Ice Palace, and The Offshore Pirate appear in the magazine The Saturday Evening Post.

March 1920- The publication of This Side Of Paradise. The novel went through 9 printings in 1920 with a total of 41,000 copies.

March 1920- Zelda and Scott become engaged.

April 1920- Zelda (19) and Scott (23) marry at the rectory of St Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

May 1920- The Fitzgeralds rent a house on Compo Road, Westport, Connecticut, where Scott begins writing The Beautiful and Damned.

September 1920- The publication of Flappers and Philosophers, Scott's first collection of short stories.

October 1920- The Fitzgeralds take an apartment in New York City.

January 1921- Zelda becomes pregnant.

May 1921- First trip to Europe.

September 1921-March 1922- The Beautiful and Damned serialized in Metropolitan Magazine. Zelda is asked to write a review on it for the New York Tribune's book section.

October 1921- The Fitzgeralds move to the Commodore Hotel in St. Paul.

October 1921- The birth of a daughter - Frances Scott Scottie Fitzgerald.

November 1921- The Fitzgeralds rent a house in St. Paul.

March 1922- The publication of Scott's second novel The Beautiful And Damned. It received good reviews resulting in 3 printings selling some 50,000 copies.

1922- The Beautiful and Damned is made into a movie by Warner Bros.

April 1922- Zelda's tongue in cheek review of The Beautiful And Damned appears in New York Tribune.

June 1922- Zelda's essay, Eulogy On The Flapper appears in Metropolitan Magazine.

June 1922- The publication of Scott's The Diamond As Big As The Ritz in the Smart Set.

September 1922- The publication of Tales of the Jazz Age, Scott's second collection of short stories.

October 1922- The Fitzgeralds rent a house in Great Neck, Long Island.

April 1923- The publication of Scott's play, The Vegetable.

November 1923- The Vegetable fails at tryout at the Apollo Theatre in Atlantic City, New Jersey with people walking out after the second act on the first night.

May 1924- Second trip to Europe.

July 1924- Scott begins writing he Great Gatsby, Zelda began an romantic involvement with French aviator Edouard Jozan. Scott told Zelda he would leave her if she continued to see Jozan and the relationship came to an end.

Summer/Fall 1925- Scott completes and revises first draft of The Great Gatsby.

May 1925- Scott meets Ernest Hemingway.
Summer 1925- Scott begins planning novel that will become Tender Is the Night.

February 1926- A play version of The Great Gatsby opens at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway.

March 1927- The Fitzgeralds rent Ellerslie in Wilmington, Delaware.

Summer 1927- Zelda resumes ballet studies, hoping to become a professional.

February 1930- The Fitzgeralds travel to North Africa.

April 1930- Zelda's story The Girl With Talent appears in College Humor.

April 1930- Zelda has her first breakdown in Paris.

May 1930- Zelda enters Valmont Clinic in Glion, Switzerland.

June 1930- Zelda enters Les Rives de Prangins clinic near Nyon on Lake Geneva, Switzerland where she is diagnosed as schizophrenic. She gives up ballet.

Summer/Fall 1930- Scott commutes between Paris and Switzerland.

January 1931- The death of Scott's father. Scott returns alone to America to attend the burial. He travels to Montgomery to report to the Sayres about Zelda.

February 1931- Scott returns to Europe. He divides his time between Paris and Switzerland.

July 1931- Zelda is released from Prangins.

September 1931- The Fitzgeralds return on Aquitania to America permanently.

November-December 1931- Scott goes to Hollywood alone to work on Red-Headed Woman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. During the eight weeks he was gone Zelda wrote him some 30 letters telling him again and again of her dependence upon him.

November 1931- Zelda's father, Judge Sayre dies.

February 1932- Back in Montgomery, Zelda has a second breakdown. She enters Phipps Psychiatric Clinic of Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. She starts work on writing a novel.

March 1932- Scott moves to Hotel Rennert in Baltimore.

March 1932- Zelda completes first draft of her novel, Save Me the Waltz just six weeks.

May 1932- Scott rents La Paix outside Baltimore, where he writes most of Tender Is the Night.

June 1932- Zelda is discharged from the Phipps Clinic. She joins the family at La Paix.

February 1934- Zelda has third breakdown 2 years to the day after her second one. She enters Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Towson, Maryland.

April 1936- Zelda enters the Highland Hospital for Nervous Disorders in Ashville. She works on writing and painting.

September 1936- Scott's mother, Mollie, dies in Washington. Scottie enters Ethel Walker Boarding School in Connecticut.

July 1937- Scott travels to Hollywood for third and last time: He signs a six-month contract with MGM for $1,000 a week. He works on polishing up a dialogue of a screenplay by Frank Wead.

July 1937- Scott meets Sheila Graham at a party in Hollywood.

September 1937- Scott works on Three Comrades script for MGM, his only screen credit.

December 1937- Scott's MGM contract renewed for one year at $1,250 a week.

September 1938-Scottie enters Vassar College.

December 1938- Scott's MGM contract is not renewed.

January 1939-Scott works briefly on Gone With the Wind.

February 1939- Scott travels to Dartmouth College to work on Winter Carnival. He is fired for drinking.

October 1939-Scott begins work on The Last Tycoon.

November 1940- Scott suffers his first heart attack in Schwab's Drug Store on Sunset Boulevard.

December 21, 1940- Scott dies of a heart attack at Sheilah Graham's apartment in Hollywood.

December 27, 1940-Scott is buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland.

February 1943- Scottie marries Lieutenant Samuel Jackson Lanahan in New York.

March 10, 1948- Zelda dies in a fire at Highland Hospital.

March 1948- Zelda is buried with Scott in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland.

November 1975- Scott and Zelda reburied in Scott's family plot at St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland.

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