作者介紹 弗朗西斯．費茲傑羅 F. Scott Fitzgerald 於1896年9月24日出生於美國明尼蘇達州的聖保羅市，他出身一個上層的中產階級家庭，而且是一個信仰天主教的愛爾蘭家庭。1913年，他進入名校普林斯頓大學就讀。他在大學期間寫了第一本小說，但沒有出版社願意幫他出書。五年之後，他輟學入伍。 1919年，他邂逅了年僅十七歲的美麗女孩潔塔．塞爾，他有意娶她進門，但她愛慕虛榮，而且只喜歡玩樂。為了滿足她的需求，他退伍並搬到紐約找工作。 1920年，他出版了小說《塵世樂園》（This Side of Paradise），讓他成為文壇一顆閃亮的新星。他現在的收入讓潔塔願意點頭嫁給他，他們也隨即過著奢華的生活，參加各種聚會和社交活動，並在美國和歐洲各處遊歷。 他的第二本小說《美麗與毀滅》（The Beautiful and Damned，1922年出版）和第三本小說《大亨小傳》（The Great Gatsby，1925年出版）首賣不佳，他開始舉債度日。1930年，潔塔精神分裂，並於1932年住進精神療養院，一直成為他的經濟負擔。 1937年，他前往好萊塢，擔任編劇的工作。他有酗酒的問題，健康每下愈況。1940年12月1日，因心臟病發作病逝。 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA in 1896. His family were upper-middle class Irish Catholics. In 1913 he enrolled at Princeton, a prestigious university. While he was at university, he wrote his first novel. But it was rejected by publishers. Five years later he left university without graduating and joined the army. In 1919, he met and fell in love with Zelda Sayre. She was 17 and very beautiful. Fitzgerald wanted to marry her but she was only interested in money and having a good time. To please her, he left the army and moved to New York to look for a job. With the publication in March 1920 of his novel This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald became a literary sensation. He was now earning enough money to convince Zelda to marry him. They immediately embarked on an extravagant lifestyle of parties and socializing, travelling widely both in the USA and in Europe. His second novel The Beautiful and Damned (1922) and the third The Great Gatsby (1925) didn’t sell as well as the first and he was frequently in debt. In 1930, Zelda developed schizophrenia. From 1932 onwards she lived in mental institutions and she was a constant expense for Fitzgerald. In 1937 Fitzgerald went to Hollywood and began working as a scriptwriter. He was drinking heavily and his health got steadily worse. Eventually in 1940, he died of a heart attack.