Zelda Chronology

The Fitzgeralds

The Romantic Egoists (continuation)

A résumé of the lives of the Fitzgeralds by Professor Ruth Prigozy Executive Director, F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.

He was enrolled in the St. Paul Academy where his first story was published, in 1909. He then attended the Newman School in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he became fascinated with Broadway theater, especially the musicals. He entered Princeton University in 1913, and struck up friendships with Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop.

He participated in literary activities, but his major efforts were in writing lyrics for the Triangle Club shows - musical comedies produced by Princeton undergraduates - which then toured the United States. He published songs, poetry, lyrics and stories in the Princeton Tiger and the Nassau Literary Magazine. Because of his extra-curricular activities, he neglected most of his classes and was in danger of flunking out of Princeton.

In 1914, while on a Christmas holiday, he met a beautiful young debutante, Ginevra King, from Lake Forest, Illinois. They would see each other and correspond until she ended the relationship in 1917. He would always remember Ginevra as his first love.

After dropping out of school in 1915, he returned in 1916, planning to graduate in 1918. But with the advent of World War I, he joined the army as second lieutenant in 1917, and was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for training. There he began to work on a novel, The Romantic Egotist. After several transfers, he was sent to Camp Sheridan, near Montgomery, Alabama, where he would meet the popular young belle, Zelda Sayre, who would soon become the most important person in his life.


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