A view of the difficult life of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, author of such American classics as "The Great Gatsby" and "The Last American Tycoon." Includes letters, documents, and rare photographs.
"Famous Authors" examines the men and women behind the words that brought them literary kudos. In "F. Scott Fitzgerald," viewers learn how the 1920's novelist and short story writer portrayed the "Jazz Age" in the U.S. as a self-indulgent period of moral turpitude. Fitzgerald created in such works as "The Great Gatsby" and "The Last Tycoon" characters who thought cynically and behaved recklessly -- usually against a luxurious backdrop. Behind the glamour and wealth of his public life, Fitzgerald privately suffered much emotional turmoil. His wife went mad and, later, he too had a mental breakdown before dying at the age of 44.