September 24, 1896 – Birthdate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby (his best known), and Tender is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with age and despair.
The postage stamp pictured here was issued in 1996 by the U.S. Postal Service.