See how much, or how little, you know about the St. Paul native with this quiz:
1. Fitzgerald was named after which famous relative of his father’s?
a. Sir Walter Scott
b. Edmund Fitzgerald
c. Francis Scott Key
d. Scott Joplin
2. His father’s St. Paul business failed. He was manufacturing:
a. Adirondack furniture
b. Wicker furniture
3. Fitzgerald published his first piece in the St. Paul Academy literary magazine when he was 13. It was:
a. An editorial railing against the temperance movement
b. A poem
c. A detective story
d. A review of a school play
4. In 1913 at Princeton, Fitzgerald tried out for:
a. The debate team
b. The theater club
c. The glee club
d. The football team
5. In a 1920 letter, Fitzgerald wrote that his “current idol” was:
a. H.L. Mencken
b. P.G. Wodehouse
c. e.e. cummings
d. Babe Ruth
6. Ernest Hemingway thought Fitzgerald was:
a. A better writer than he was
b. A terrible writer
c. A bad influence
7. The book that sold the most copies in Fitzgerald’s lifetime:
a. “The Great Gatsby”
b. “This Side of Paradise”
c. “Tender Is the Night”
d. “The Last Tycoon”
8. Zelda Sayre’s father in Montgomery, Ala., was:
a. An industrialist
b. A plantation owner
c. A State Supreme Court judge
d. A member of the Ku Klux Klan
9. The May 1, 1920, Saturday Evening Post features a Norman Rockwell cover drawing of Fitzgerald and this short story:
a. “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”
b. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
c. “Summit Avenue Serenade”
d. “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”
10. When Zelda was institutionalized, Fitzgerald’s live-in Hollywood lover was:
a. Actress Gloria Grahame
b. Gossip columnist Sheilah Graham
c. Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper
d. Writer Dorothy Parker
1: c. Key was Edward Fitzgerald’s second cousin three times removed.
2: a. After his wicker business failed, Fitzgerald moved his family to New York state before returning to St. Paul in 1908.
3: c. Fitzgerald was 13 when he wrote the detective story “The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage.”
4: d. Fitzgerald, an avid fan, had written a poem called “Football” for the magazine at Newman prep school.
5: a. Mencken was the editor of the Smart Set, the first magazine to publish Fitzgerald’s work, the short story “Babes in the Woods.”
6: d. By some accounts, Hemingway thought almost every man he encountered was gay.
7: b. “Gatsby” did not sell well until after his death. “The Last Tycoon,” his most successful book, was published posthumously.
8: c. Justice Anthony Sayre (as far as we know) was not a member of the KKK.
9: a. Silly title aside, “Bernice” introduced a recurring Fitzgerald character: the independent, determined young woman.
10: b. Fitzgerald died of a heart attack at gossip columnist Sheilah Graham’s apartment on Dec. 21, 1940.