Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Jazz age fiction writer, (1896-1940)
Fitzgerald was friends with the noted critic Edmund Wilson while both were students at Princeton University. Wilson was enormously well-read, and when Fitzgerald told him that Fitzgerald hoped to become one of the great writers, Wilson was shocked and thought he meant to be as good as Homer and Dante and Shakespeare. Actually, Fitzgerald was thinking of Booth Tarkington.
Fitzgerald was the author of /The Great Gatsby as well as other novels and short stories. The Great Gatsby is his one great novel.
His wife, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, was also a writer.
His latter years were beset with financial worries, and his wife's increasing insanity. He died in Hollywood in 1940 whilst working as a screenwriter, a profession he hated.