The early 20th century american author F. Scott Fitzgerald is famous for novels such as The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night. According to Elizabeth Sudduth, director of the Ernest F. Hollings Library at the University of South Carolina.
“We know he didn’t spell very well,” she said. “And his arithmetic wasn’t much better.”
The observations are based on Fitzgerald’s personal diaries which have been put online for fans to coincide with the release of the new motion picture adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The author meticulously documented his life in a ledger which contained five sections: “Record of Published Fiction,” “Money Earned by Writing since Leaving Army,” “Published Miscelani (including movies) for which I was Paid,” “Zelda’s [his wife] Earnings,” and “Outline Chart of my Life.”
The ledger is set out much like a spreadsheet is today and contains information from 1919 to 1937, which is coincidentally when the above photo was taken by Carl van Vechten.
You can access the online ledger here: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Ledger: 1919-1937. It’s really quite neat – you probably won’t have time to look through the whole thing, but it’s worth just viewing a page or two to get a feel for how exhaustive Fitzgerald was in cataloguing his life – he details his life events starting from his birth.
Some other fun facts from the ledger:
– Fitzgerald weighed 10lbs, 6oz. at birth and had colic.
– His first word as a baby was “up”.
– He had a scar on his forehead from when he slid down the hall carpet at age three.
– And he got an ‘A’ in history when he was 16-years old!