F. Scott Fitzgerald Handwriting

Dec 29 2009

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940)

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald Signature

F. Scott Fitzgerald Signature


Fitzgerald was an American novelist, famed for his depictions of the 1920′s Jazz Age. His best known work, The Great Gatsby, was written in 1925. He has been described as self-absorbed, drunk, and eccentric.  A heart attack, most likely alcohol induced in 1940, claimed his life at the young age of 44.

What stands out in this sample is the use of garland connections (seen at the baseline of writing), the unusual upper zone forms and movement (seen in his “F” and t-bar crossings), and the highly developed pictorial quality to the writing.

The unusual connections, as well as his capital “F” are in the upper zone of ideas, philosophies, and intellect. Creative forms in this area then, indicate the ability to think very creatively, uniquely. Notice in the enlarged signature sample, the unusual formation of his capital “F”. Not only is this creative, it is on the eccentric side, representing that eccentric quality to his personality.

The more picture-like form to the writing would be called a “persona” writing. rather than being free-flowing, the writing has an artistic look, almost as if it were drawn. This is not then a spontaneous writing, meaning that the writer spends time and energy making things look “just right”. People that execute their writing in a careful manner are more difficult to read, to understand, than those that are spontaneous.

Notice, toward the bottom of the sample, how “New York” is connected between the “w” and “Y”. When we see words connected like this, the meaning is that the writer is quite intelligent whose thoughts flow freely.

The cup-like, garland formations at the bottom of letters indicates amiability and a need to avoid conflict. Good organizational spacing indicate organized thinking with the ability to plan ahead. The vertical quality to his writing indicates self-involvement.

The pressure pattern of his writing, not clearly evident through this particular sample, but seen in others, indicates an appreciation of things that stimulate his senses, such as fine food, good wine, etc.

In terms of typologies, this writing would be considered primarily “sensing” (earth)

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