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Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald – so easy to be loved, so difficult to love

Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald - so easy to be loved, so difficult to love

Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald – so easy to be loved, so difficult to love

The nickname “king and queen of Jazz Age” was given to them by journalists. Their bright, stormy life was the embodiment of “roaring 20s” and uneven rhythm of their love was very similar to jazz. But at one point the music for Zelda and Scott ended.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was a long-awaited first-born in a poor Irish family. His father was an ordinary salesman. Mother’s legacy improved things and Scott was able to go to Princeton. The prestigious university, however, was not the purpose of his life. He wanted to play football, Princeton had a strong team, or play on the stage, there was a great theater club at the university. However, a week after the start of the course he was kicked out of the football team and never joined theater club because it was only for excellent students. Scott, alas, did not shine at the university, and in general did not like all those wealthy mama and daddy’s sons, with whom he had to study. After a while he was expelled from Princeton. It was in 1917, at the height of World War I, and Fitzgerald decided to go to the front. However, Scott was sent to the town of Montgomery, Alabama.
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Hans Christian Andersen – famous fairy tale writer

Hans Christian Andersen – famous fairy tale writer

Hans Christian Andersen – famous fairy tale writer

Hans Christian Andersen is a Danish writer and poet, author of the world famous fairy tales for children and adults: The Ugly Duckling, Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen and many others.
Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense. His father, Hans Andersen (1782-1816), was a poor shoemaker and his mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter (1775-1833), was a washerwoman from a poor family. He was very emotional and sensitive child. The physical punishments were common in schools, so the boy was afraid to go there and mother sent him to the charity school where there was no physical punishment. It is known that the school was led by Christian Fedder Carstens.
At the age of 14 Hans went to Copenhagen. His mother hoped that he would come home soon. When she asked the reason for leaving home he answered: “To become famous!”
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Rachel Carson – American biologist and writer

Rachel Carson - American biologist and writer

Rachel Carson – American biologist and writer

Rachel Carson was an American biologist, writer and environmentalist. In her book The Sea Around Us (1951), the scientific accuracy is combined with a wonderful description of nature. In 1962 the book Silent spring brought Carson worldwide popularity. It is dedicated to the harmful effects of pesticides on living organisms, especially birds.
Rachel Louise Carson was born on May 27, 1907 in Pennsylvania. In her childhood she spent long hours learning of field, pond, and forest from her mother.
In 1928, she graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women with a degree in zoology and went on to earn a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.
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Edward Abbey – American environmentalist

Edward Abbey - American environmentalist

Edward Abbey – American environmentalist

Edward Abbey is a famous American writer, a prominent philosopher, and one of the most controversial, influential and radical environmentalists.
Edward Paul Abbey was born on January 29, 1929 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The years of the Great Depression forced the family to move frequently from place to place in search of work. His father was a real estate agent and was fond of left-wing political ideas, and his mother was a teacher. Edward wrote comic articles for the school newspaper. In 1945 he was drafted into the army and sent to Italy. After demobilization in 1947, he entered the University of New Mexico to study philosophy and English. After graduation in 1951, Abbey constantly changed jobs. He worked as an editor, a factory worker and a social worker.
In 1954 he wrote his first novel Jonathan Troy.
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Stan Lee – famous American writer

Stan Lee - famous American writer

Stan Lee – famous American writer

Stan Lee is a famous American writer, actor, producer, TV presenter, screenwriter, editor and creator of many naturalistic comic characters, as well as the former president and chairman of the Marvel Comics. Lee is also known as a film and television actor, he starred in many films as a cameo or played supporting roles.
Stanley Martin Lieber (his real name) was born on December 28, 1922 in New York, USA. When Lee was nearly 9 years old, his first and only brother Larry was born.
Stan graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx.
In October 1942, he was drafted into the US Army, where he served until October 1945.
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Zelda Fitzgerald – American writer

Zelda Fitzgerald - American writer

Zelda Fitzgerald – American writer

Zelda Fitzgerald was an American writer, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was born on July 24, 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama to a wealthy family of one of the leading lawyers in Atlanta. She was a very active child. She loved to dance, attended ballet lessons and often spent her free time outdoors. She was considered one of the most beautiful girls of the city and had a lot of admirers.
Zelda met F. Scott Fitzgerald shortly before the end of the First World War, when he served in the US Army.
In 1920 they got married and moved to New York. There were frequent scandals (including jealousy), a lot of alcohol and bizarre behavior. Scott and Zelda were often the main characters of the gossips. In 1921, Zelda gave birth to their daughter, who was named Francis “Scotty” Fitzgerald in honor of her father.
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Francis Scott Fitzgerald – American writer

Francis Scott Fitzgerald - American writer

Francis Scott Fitzgerald – American writer

Francis Scott Fitzgerald was an American writer, the leading representative of the so-called “lost generation” in the literature. He is famous for his novel The Great Gatsby published in 1925 as well as a number of novels and short stories about the American “jazz era” of the 1920s. The term “jazz era” or the “Jazz Age” was coined by Fitzgerald and designated period of American history since the end of the First World War to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota in a wealthy Irish Catholic family. Before his birth, the family lost two children, so Francis Scott was a welcome child. He was named in honor of Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), a very distant cousin of the father, the author of the text of the US national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
Francis studied at the Academy of St. Paul (1908-1910), Newman School (1911-1913) and at Princeton University (1913-1917).
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