By the time the stock market crashed in 1929, Fitzgerald's marriage was falling apart and his books weren't selling anymore. He died in 1940 at the age of 44. That year, all of his books sold a total of 72 copies, with royalties of $13.
It's very odd to think that at this point in my life I am both older than Fitzgerald and more of a success. Which would be worse - to die at the nadir or at the peak of your career?
F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story."