Tales of the Jazz Age F. Scott Fitzgerald - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 December 21, 1940) was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. Fitzgerald had been an alcoholic since his college days, and became notorious during the 1920s for his extraordinarily heavy drinking, leaving him in poor health by the late 1930s. On the night of December 20, 1940, he had a heart attack, and the next day, December 21, while awaiting a visit from his doctor, Fitzgerald collapsed and died. He was 44."Tales of the Jazz Age", launched in 1922 by the famous American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a set of 11 short stories. According to the subject, it is divided into three distinct sections, and it contains one of his more well-known short stories, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Each story had previously been published independently in Saturday Evening Post, Smart Set, Collier's, Metropolitan Magazine (New York), Chicago Sunday Tribune, or Vanity Fair. As with his best novels, all of these stories combine Fitzgerald's fascination with wealth with an awareness of a larger world, resulting in a subtle social critique. Fitzgerald's perceptive eye sheds light on youth encounters in post-World War I America who, cut off from traditions, sought their place in the modern world amidst the general hysteria surrounding the jazz era's birth.