F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was considered a member of the 'Lost Generation', along with Steinbeck, T.S. Eliot and Waldo Peirce. His novels epitomize the Jazz Age - a term he coined himself - and The Great Gatsby is often considered to be 'the great American novel'.
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta 2004), co-editor of Must Read: Rediscovering the Bestseller (Continuum 2012), and author of various scholarly articles, chapters and introductions. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Independent, the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, the Observer, the Times, the Telegraph, the Spectator, and the Financial Times, among others, and she frequently appears on UK television and radio, discussing arts, culture, and all things American. Although she remains an American, she lives in London with her English husband.