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Haunting Photo May Show Socialite Who Inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’







A photo may have captured the spirit of the socialite who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s character Daisy Buchanan.
Private chef Kristie Ranieri took a photo recently at the now-dilapidated former summer home of Ginevra King in Lake Forest, Illinois, and in the chilling picture is an image that appears to look like the owner.
King was a former lover of the acclaimed American author and is said to be the basis of Daisy in Fitzgerald’s 1925 masterpiece “The Great Gatsby.” Daisy was Gatsby's love interest in the book.
King and Fitzgerald were involved in 1915 when she was just 16, but two years later she left the author and married into a wealthy Chicago family.
Ranieri is convinced the image in her picture is King, who she said continues to haunt her former home after her 1980 death.
“I walked around it with my husband [Michael] and took some pictures,” she told SWNS. “Michael was going through the pictures that night, zooming into the windows to see if he could see the interiors and that’s when he spotted her face.
"We definitely got chills. Neither of us believed in ghosts, but we were really freaked out. I knew what Ginevra King looked like because I’m interested in local history and she grew up in this area. When I saw that picture, I immediately Googled her and we both agreed it has to be her.”
The couple went back to the mansion, which was built in 1905 and has 14 rooms, to see if King was still there.
“We rushed back to see if we could spot her again but of course she was gone,” Ranieri recalled. “I want to talk to some experts in this field and I want to let the local ghost hunters know. I imagine this will now become a spot on the ghost hunting trail. I was a skeptic before, but seeing that image, I know that it is her ghost looking down.”
The mansion was part of a 47-acre estate belonging to the King family and was used as their summer home. The estate, known as Kingdom Come, was sold to a developer in 2016, who hopes to find a buyer for it. The home has sat vacant for more than a decade.







Film found in Baltimore could be rare footage of Zelda Fitzgerald, but nobody knows for sure


By  Ethan McLeod

October 25, 2018

In January, someone reached out to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, Hagan’s film-preserving nonprofit, searching for footage of their grandfather, who’d worked at one of the estates of famed literary couple F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The duo, who lived in Baltimore for five years during the 1930s, were the subjects of the posthumous biographical documentary “Marked for Glory,” produced and screened by WJZ-TV in 1963.
As the inheritor of the station’s archives, MARMIA might have the record somewhere. Hagan knew about the documentary but had never seen it herself, as copies are rare and far-flung. She sent a volunteer in to dig around.
They never did find footage of the requester’s grandfather, Hagan said, but in March, after about 30 minutes of searching, her volunteer did locate a curious, lone canister of nitrate film, an early (not to mention dangerously combustible) medium not in mass use since the 1940s.
“Return to Mrs. Lanahan Scott Fitzgerald,” read a label on the can, an apparent reference to Scott and Zelda’s daughter Frances Scott, known also as “Scottie.” Scottie Fitzgerald’s first husband was named Jack Lanahan. Also inside: a paper referencing B-roll (supplemental footage without sound) scenes, and both Zelda and Scott by name.
Hagan took the footage to Rockville-based Colorlab to have it digitized. The clips on it are short scenes: a smiling woman strides toward the camera; another flirtingly picks up and strums a ukulele, with palm trees and greenery in the background; a pair of smartly dressed ladies scold a taxi driver and appear to steal his car (almost certainly staged) in front of two men who’ve just walked out of a nearby building. One of the men flashes a grin at the camera.
Hagan noticed one of the women appearing across multiple clips. Could it be Zelda? she wondered.
“I’ve been poring over photos of her being like, Is that her? There are definitely moments when I’m like, Oh, that could be her, and other moments when I look at a photo like, It could not be.”
If it is, MARMIA’s discovery could be a big find.
“There’s very little footage of Zelda,” said Alaina Doten, historian and curator of the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Zelda’s birthplace of Montgomery, Alabama. Some of the only other known video of her comes from the French Riviera, sitting with Scott at a table, or at the home of their friends, the wealthy expats Gerald and Sara Murphy, the historian said.
After Colorlab and MARMIA recently posted the footage, included below, to Instagram, a friend forwarded it to me–and so began a seemingly endless effort to pin down whether this could really be her. I reached out to what wound up being roughly a half-dozen scholars, along with Scott and Zelda’s granddaughter, to weigh in on the discovery.
The first expert I contacted was hopeful, but dismissive.
“I wish it were [Zelda], but it doesn’t really look like her in the face,” wrote Kirk Curnutt, a professor and chair of the English department at Troy University in Montgomery.
Curnutt put me on an email thread with two other Fitzgerald experts to weigh in. Both were equally dubious, saying the woman’s facial features or physical build discount her from being Zelda.
But just to be certain–few experts are, I found–I reached out to others with expertise on the literary celebrities’ lives. Some were excited upon spotting who they believe to be Zelda as one of the cab “thieves,” or among the two women standing and posing toward the end of the footage. A few even theorized others depicted in the film are gilded Hollywood company during the 1920s.
The enigmatic literary couple’s granddaughter sees it.
“That first clip of a woman walking toward the camera certainly looks like Zelda,” Eleanor Lanahan, a filmmaker, artist and writer living in Vermont, wrote in an email. “And Zelda did have slender ankles. I even recognize her rosebud mouth.”
She pointed also to the last clip showing two women, one wearing a striped blouse and holding a hat. Zelda’s seen with the same two articles in this 1927 photo of her, Scott and others in Hollywood, Lanahan noted.
“She is probably Zelda,” she said, with a caveat: “But it’s impossible to tell.”
Several of the scholars I talked to see traces of Zelda in the cab-commandeering scene. (Lanahan notably does not, making the case that the woman’s nose is too straight and her cheeks too round to be her grandmother).
Park Bucker, professor of English at the University of South Carolina-Sumter, spots “a very strong resemblance.” And the behavior–giddily telling off a cab driver and pretending to steal his car–seems like that of Zelda: “It certainly is the type of thing that she would have done, staging this type of thing.”
“I’ve seen lots of pictures of Zelda, obviously, and that woman could very easily be Zelda,” added Jackson Bryer, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland’s Department of English.
Doten pointed also to the golf dress and beret that the woman is wearing as she climbs in and out of the passenger seat, and in a subsequent clip in which she’s posing. “Zelda was a very avid golfer at that time and competed in golf tournaments,” and the attire makes it “entirely plausible” it’s her, she said.
The Fitzgeralds first visited Europe in 1921, and later moved there for nearly two years from 1924 to 1926, spending much of their time in France. MARMIA’s found footage suggests warmer climes, however, given the palm trees in the background.
Perhaps California?
The edge code on the nitrate film, along with details from Scott’s ledger, hints that this may be a record of the Fitzgeralds visiting Hollywood. The code says the film was manufactured in 1926, and the material was expensive enough at the time that someone would typically use it within a year or two, Hagan said.
Scott wrote in his ledger, which he used in part to catalog people and places he’d visited, that they went to California in January and February of 1927–his first stint attempting screenwriting in Hollywood, which Fitzgerald scholar Anne Margaret Daniel has described as “a fiasco.”
Bucker noted this was the same trip where Scott met actress Lois Moran, who inspired Rosemary Hoyt in his later novel, “Tender is the Night,” and whose relationship with Scott sowed bitter tension in his and Zelda’s marriage. He also met Irving Thalberg, a heralded film producer who co-founded MGM, where Scott went on to work briefly a decade later.
“It’s a really, really important two months,” Bucker said.
The names Scott calls out in the ledger are brag-worthy for Hollywood at the time: Hitchcock; the Barrymores; Richard Barthelmess; Patsy Ruth Miller; Morans; and Lillian Gish and Carmel Myers.
It’s possible that those last two, both famous silent film actresses in the genre’s heyday, made cameos in the found footage. Gish resembles the playful ukulele performer, and Myers the driver in the “stolen” cab.
Bucker noted also that both Zelda and Scott called out to Gish in their co-authored 1934 short story “Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number—”: “A thoughtful limousine carried us for California hours to be properly moved by the fragility of Lillian Gish, too aspiring for life, clinging vine-like to occultisms.”
Independently of one another, Bryer and Doten ventured the same guess as to the identity of the bespectacled man seen walking out of the house before the cab “theft.”
“The man that they’re saying goodbye to, it almost looks like Louis B. Mayer,” said Bryer, referring to the other co-founder of MGM Studios.
Doten highlighted the resemblance to Mayer, comparing photos with the still. She even speculated that the man walking with him could be Scott himself, albeit with little other detail than this: “You can’t see the man’s face, but it bears a strong resemblance to how he would hold his cigarette up with one hand, and his other hand in his pocket.” (For what it’s worth, Lanahan said she thinks he’s “just a little too stoutly built to be him, unfortunately.”)
“This might be reel from them visiting MGM,” Doten said. “My best guess is this is possibly Hollywood footage.”
Still from footage, courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive
Scott and Zelda returned to the East Coast from Hollywood in March of 1927, according to his transcribed ledger. They settled briefly in Delaware, renting a mansion called Ellerslie along the Delaware River, near Wilmington, for two years until they moved abroad once again to Europe.
The pair returned to the States again in 1931, first moving to Montgomery, and thereafter here to Baltimore with their daughter, Scottie, in 1932. Since diagnosed with schizophrenia, Zelda entered into the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Phipps Psychiatric Clinic. Their first home was in Towson, but it caught fire (rumored to have been started by Zelda) and the Fitzgeralds wound up at 1307 Park Avenue in Bolton Hill. It was there that Scott finished and published “Tender is the Night” to poor reviews, albeit with posthumous success.
Joan Hellman, who taught English and developmental reading at the Community College of Baltimore County for 30 years, specializes in the Fitzgeralds’ “Baltimore years.” Hellman also received the lone copy of WJZ’s documentary on the couple from the station’s former editorial director, the late Gwinn Owens, and had it transferred to videotape. She said she made copies and sent one to Princeton University’s special collection on F. Scott Fitzgerald. She also kept one for herself, and sent one to Owens’ family. I’ve asked if she would allow me to view her copy.
Hagan, who’s tried multiple times to reach the Fitzgerald estate and is now in touch with Lanahan via email, said she hopes the found footage can help MARMIA to eventually recreate the WJZ documentary on film. Right now, the nonprofit only has pieces of “Marked for Glory” in its archives.
“I’m still so curious who took the film,” she told me. “Was it for a news reel? Was it because they’re in Hollywood hanging out with a bunch of filmmakers, maybe they have a bunch of 35 mm hanging around? I still have questions about the purpose of the film.”
Hellman, who’s seen the documentary, is convinced it’s not Zelda in the footage.
“I have seen actual film of Zelda (before her illness) and she did not act like these ladies in my estimation,” Hellman said in an email. Zelda’s build would be “a bit ‘hippy'” at that point compared to the more slender woman shown in the footage, Hellman added, as she would have already had Scottie.
Margaret Galambos, a Fitzgerald Society member and former Johns Hopkins University Press staff member, agrees.
“I would say this is definitely not Zelda,” Galambos wrote. She nodded to the attire that Doten had highlighted, noting the “only resemblance being possible clothing style.” However, the woman is “too perky for Zelda at that time,” and her facial features aren’t a match, she said.
Curnutt, of Troy University, concurred in a follow-up message. “I feel very confident in saying that’s not her,” he wrote to Baltimore Fishbowl. “She had a much more distinctive face than the woman in the passenger seat, even when her face was fuller before she lost so much weight in the early 30s.”
All of the academics who believe it’s Zelda hedged that it’s impossible to know 100 percent so many years later, even if they can see her in the images. Still, Bucker of USC-Sumter points to the documentation that came with the found canister as an assurance. “You can very strongly say that this is probably, certainly from Scottie Fitzgerald’s archives.”

And it’s not always that simple with old images, particularly of Zelda, he noted. “The weird thing about Zelda Fitzgerald, she looks different in every picture. It’s hard to pick her out sometimes.”




F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Home Is Now a Vacation Rental


Lyndsay Burginger

Wikimedia Commons

Tucked away a few blocks from Alabama State University sits a brown paneled house dotted with red brick. A large magnolia tree roots itself in the front yard and you can hear the songbirds chirping away. Serene and peaceful, this home played a large part in modern American literature as the home of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1931 and 1932. And because of Airbnb, you too can experience a night in the home of one of our time’s greatest authors.
For only $150 dollars a night, guests can stay in the apartment above the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sarah McCullough, trail director of the Southern Literary Trail shares that it’s the only home open to the public for overnight says and “It’s a wonderful opportunity for travelers”. The rentals began back in April, and while the Fitzgerald Museum director Sara Powell was worried guests would throw “Gatsby-style” parties, most guests are visiting and spending the night with great love for the writer and respect the accommodation.
The house, which was built in 1910, was where writer F. Scott Fitzgerald penned “Save Me The Waltz” and “Tender Is The Night,” while living in the home. They stayed in the home, which was only a mile from Zelda’s childhood home, for a short while before she was hospitalized for the second time. After moving out the home was converted into four separate apartments, one of which guests have the chance to rent.
The home is decorated in casual 20th-century style and includes two bedrooms, a full kitchen and bath, living room, dining room, and spacious sun porch. There are little bits of the jazz age couple throughout the home, including pillows embroidered with quotes from Zelda. But don’t worry, the former home has all modern amenities, including wi-fi.
All the couple’s historic artifacts can be found in the museum downstairs, which guests get a complimentary tour of.
Before you go make sure to check the listing over at Airbnb since dates tend to sell out quickly.


Remarkable discovery made at F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery



By Bethany Davis |

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - In the midst of renovations, leaders at the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum uncovered wallpaper, still on the walls, that dates back to the early 1900′s.
“We found up to 10 different patterns,” said Sara Powell, Executive Director of the museum.
The museum recently completed renovations to one of the upstairs apartments, and put it up for rent on Airbnb. It was in the process of renovating the other upstairs apartment, when a reporter from the New York Times stopped by and the discovery was made.
“She asked us to remove a picture from the wall, and it just happened to peel a little piece of paint. Behind the paint we noticed a little hexagon pattern, so that started the process,” Powell explained. “We ended up peeling the whole wall and finding a whole wall of historic wallpaper.”
In the midst of renovations, leaders at the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum uncovered wallpaper, still on the walls, that dates back to the early 1900′s.
The house on Felder Avenue in Old Cloverdale was built in 1909, and some of the wallpaper is believed it could have been original to the house.
“The fact that we’ve been able to uncover this amount and the way it’s been preserved over this amount of time is really incredible,” remarked Powell. “We’ve gotten repeating patterns on all of them, we’ve gotten enough out of each one that we’re able to digitally have a visual of that, so we’re hoping we can digitally reproduce them as well even if we’re not able to restore all of the pieces that we found so far.”
Powell expects this discovery will ramp up the preservation efforts. This is just the first step in more than a million dollars in restoration ahead of the museum.
“We’ve got structural issues that we’re starting to have challenges with. We’re starting with the roof, that should be coming up in the next few months. Then we go to harder things like the foundation. But our goal is the preserve the downstairs floor as it was when Scott and Zelda lived here. And to maintain the apartments as they’ve been, but to keep doing airbnb and residencies primarily. We’d love scholars and writers to be able to come and stay in this space.”
This discovery also ramps up the effort to get the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum on the National Historic Registry. Getting the museum on a national registry will open up national funding for the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald museum.
The F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum recently completed renovations to one of the upstairs apartments, and put it up for rent on Airbnb. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
F. Scott Fitzgerald, perhaps best known for writing "The Great Gatsby", lived in the home with his wife Zelda. It’s believed he wrote portions of two other novels, "Tender is the Night" and "Save Me the Waltz", inside the house. The couple led something of a "gypsy" lifestyle. Their average residence in any of their "homes" was only about 5 months.
The F. Scott & Zelda Museum is regularly open to the public, and holds an open house every year around Christmas. Fans have the opportunity to visit, and then stay the night.
To learn more, and book a stay, visit thefitzgeraldmuseum.org/airbnb.html
“To be a space that you can actually experience Montgomery, walk through the neighborhoods, live as Scott and Zelda lived in the 30′s, is really fantastic,” Powell described. “We have records and books in the apartments. People kind of unplug and unwind, and that’s our goal, is just to kind of disconnect.”


The Cocktail That Brought Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald Together



The new book ‘A Drinkable Feast’ explores the cocktails and bars favored by Ernest Hemingway and his friends in 1920s Paris.

Philip Greene

In his Paris memoir, A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway writes at length about his relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. He tells of their first meeting in the spring of 1925, at the Dingo Bar, where Hemingway was “sitting with some completely worthless characters,” namely Duff Twysden and Pat Guthrie, on whom Brett Ashley and Mike Campbell inThe Sun Also Rises were based. Behind the bar was legendary barman Jimmie Charters. And if this didn’t already sound like a who’s who of 1920s expat Paris, in walked F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hemingway knew of F. Scott; he was already a successful writer, and The Great Gatsby had just been released.
As it happened, F. Scott overindulged at that first meeting and passed out. Hemingway came to learn that this was simply a “thing” for both F. Scott and Zelda. “Becoming unconscious when they drank had always been their great defense,” Hemingway noted. It wouldn’t take much drinking for them to “go to sleep like children…and when they woke they will be fresh and happy, not having taken enough alcohol to damage their bodies before it made them unconscious.”
They met again a few days later at the Closerie des Lilas. Here, F. Scott asked Ernest a favor. F. Scott and Zelda’s Renault motor car had been left “in Lyon because of bad weather,” and would Hem be good enough to help F. Scott retrieve it? They could ride down together on the train, get the car, and then drive it back to Paris. Hemingway thought it a fine idea, as it would give him a chance to spend time with a more accomplished writer.
The trip was a debacle, something to laugh about years later, perhaps. Or write about. In Lyon, Hemingway was “astonished to find that the small Renault had no top.” See, F. Scott and Zelda had been “compelled” to ditch it in Lyon because she’d ordered the top to be cut off after a minor accident in Marseille. She liked convertibles, anyway, it seemed. So, F. Scott and Hem started off for Paris in their topless French car.
 Unfortunately, they “were halted by rain about an hour north of Lyon,” and “were halted by rain possibly ten times.” Along the way, they ate an excellent lunch of truffled roast chicken, washed down with white Mâcon wine. They bought several bottles, which Hemingway “uncorked as we needed them.” Drinking wine straight from the bottle was particularly exciting for F. Scott, “as though he were slumming or as a girl might be excited by going swimming for the first time without a bathing suit.”
But the fun soon ended the wetter they got; F. Scott feared that he’d contracted congestion of the lungs, and he insisted that they stop at the next town before “the onset of the fever and delirium.” Hemingway hoped that a few more swigs of the Mâcon might make F. Scott feel better since, after all, “a good white wine, moderately full-bodied but with a low alcoholic content, was almost a specific against the disease.” His father was a physician, after all.
They finally found a hotel in Chalon-sur-Saône, and F. Scott took to bed. Hemingway became doctor and nurse, and while their rain-soaked clothing dried, he ordered “two citron pressés and two double whiskies,” which F. Scott dismissed as one of “those old wives’ remedies.”
 Hemingway tried to order a full bottle but they only sold it by the drink. F. Scott soon revealed himself to be an insufferable hypochondriac, demanding aspirin and a thermometer. Eventually the hotel waiter brought both, however the thermometer was intended for measuring bathwater (it had “a wooden back and enough metal to sink it in the bath”). Hemingway “shook the thermometer down professionally” and wryly said, “You’re lucky it’s not a rectal thermometer.”
He took F. Scott’s temperature under his arm, and somehow convinced him that 37.6 degrees Celsius (99.7 degrees Fahrenheit) was normal. F. Scott insisted that Hemingway take his own temperature, which he did, reporting the exact same number. “I was trying to remember whether thirty-seven six was really normal or not,” Hemingway recalled. “It did not matter, for the thermometer, unaffected, was steady at thirty.”
“Scott drank the whisky sour down very fast now and asked me to order another.” Which Hemingway did. They soon went down to the hotel restaurant, where they had a carafe of Fleurie (a dry, light red from Beaujolais) with their snails, followed by a bottle of Montagny, “a light, pleasant white wine of the neighborhood,” with their main course, poularde de Bresse. And then, F. Scott did what he often did: he passed out, “with his head on his hands. It was natural and there was no theater about it and it even looked as though he were careful not to spill or break things.” Hemingway and the waiter got him back upstairs to bed, and Hemingway went back down and finished the dinner (and the wine).
The next day they drove back to Paris, the weather was beautiful, “the air freshly washed and the hills and the field and the vineyards all new.” He said his goodbyes to F. Scott, and Hemingway returned to his apartment. Happy to be back home, Hemingway and Hadley celebrated with a drink at the Closerie des Lilas. He told Hadley that he’d learned one thing, “Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.”
A final note on the Whiskey Sour, Harry MacElhone was quoted in 1951 as saying he missed the good old days when Hemingway and Fitzgerald were customers, and that “Hemingway could down 20 whiskey sours at one sitting and then go back to his hotel to work.” I’m a little dubious of this story, but it comes with the territory.
Whiskey Sour (Citron Pressé and Whiskey)


INGREDIENTS:
•           1.5 oz Whiskey (your choice, Scotch, rye, Bourbon, Canadian, et cetera)
•           .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
•           .5 to .75 oz Simple syrup
•           Glass: Cocktail
•           Garnish: Lemon peel


DIRECTIONS:
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

TASTING NOTE: Use whichever whiskey you want, be it bourbon, rye, Scotch, Canadian, Japanese, et cetera. This drink works well on the rocks or up, your call. You can make it as a classic sour, measuring whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar/simple syrup, or just add whiskey to homemade lemonade, as it seems Hem and F. Scott did.



F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bloody Bull
By Connie Berry

I was overjoyed when Geoff Currier brought me a little gift to the office a few weeks ago. He said his wife Joyce thought it was perfect for me, since I like to write and I like to cook. It was a book titled “The Great American Writers’ Cookbook,” published in 1981. I was in college listening to Steely Dan sing “Hey Nineteen” and finishing Tom Robbins’ “Still Life with Woodpecker” back then. I should probably stop there.
Anyway, I immediately looked in the table of contents to find my favorite writers. I was happy to find them right about where I thought they’d be.
The first recipe I found was submitted by Scottie Fitzgerald on behalf of her father, F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have a photo in one of the boxes in my closet of me kneeling next to his headstone at the Rockville, Md., cemetery where he and Zelda are buried, along with Scottie. I’m wearing black. I read someplace that Zelda’s buried on top of Scott because when they died, they could only afford one plot. His recipe is most apropos: Bloody Bull. This is one of those recipes that could feed a small army, but only if the army is looking for libations or something to cure a hangover.
The best part is what Scottie wrote about the recipe: “My father and Hemingway were alleged to have invented the Bloody Bull while arguing about a Faulkner novel in the Ritz Bar after Hemingway’s return from Pamplona. My father thought that Mr. Faulkner was one of the greatest writers who ever lived, and it would have been quite characteristic of him to have defended this position while horizontal, if necessary.”
I’ve always pictured Hemingway bullying Fitzgerald.


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bloody Bull
1 large can of V8 juice
2 cans bouillon (which must mean two small cans of beef broth — I used one because two seems a bit much)
Juice of 4 lemons
Lemon pepper
Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco
Celery salt
Stalk of celery (optional)
Mix all these, stir vigorously, add vodka, and pour over cracked ice. The celery stalk is not necessary but adds a touch of elegance.

The world according to F Scott Fitzgerlad



 “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

 “Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.”

 “After all, life hasn’t much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others.”

 “I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.”

 “Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” 

 “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”

 “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

 “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”  

 “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”

 “I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”

 “No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.”

 “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

 “No such thing as a man willing to be honest – that would be like a blind man willing to see.”

 “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” 

 “It takes two to make an accident.” 

 “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” 

 “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

 “Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.”

 “I’m a slave to my emotions, to my likes, to my hatred of boredom, to most of my desires.”

 “Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.”


 “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

 “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

 “Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.”

 “Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.”

 “The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.”

 “All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”

 “What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.”

 “The ability to hold two competing thoughts in one’s mind and still be able to function is the mark of a superior mind.”

 “I don’t care about truth. I want some happiness.”

 “I may turn out an intellectual, but I’ll never write anything but mediocre poetry.”


 “I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.” 

 “I want to know you moved and breathed in the same world with me.” 

 “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.” 

 “All I kept thinking about, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever.”

 “It is not life that’s complicated, it’s the struggle to guide and control life.” 

 “Well, you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives.” 

 “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over”

 “His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.” 

 “I never blame failure – there are too many complicated situations in life – but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.” 

 “Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”

 “The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs.”

 “Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.”

 “Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”

 “Strange children should smile at each other and say, ‘Let’s play.'”
 
 “The idea that to make a man work you’ve got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We’ve done that for so long that we’ve forgotten there’s any other way.”

 “In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.”

 “To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.”

 “Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.”

 “Everywhere we go and move on and change, something’s lost–something’s left behind. You can’t ever quite repeat anything, and I’ve been so yours, here”


 “The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing … maybe because the condition of emptiness is too shameful to be divulged.” 

Row house where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his first novel will be on Summit Hill tour



The St. Paul row house where author Fitzgerald lived while finishing his first published novel is among the homes open during the Summit Hill House Tour.
By Kim Palmer

As a law student at William Mitchell in the late 1990s, David Meisenburg would go out of his way to walk past the New York-style row house on Summit Avenue.
“I used to take the long way home,” he recalled. “I love architecture, and I thought those row houses were unbelievable! I was envious of whoever designed them.”
Almost 20 years later, Meisenburg was living across the street from the eight-unit stone row house known as Summit Terrace. One morning he awoke and noticed a red sign in front. “I barely got all my clothes on and ran across the street,” he said. Just as he’d hoped, it was a “For Sale” sign — planted in front of the unit with a metal marker identifying it as the onetime home of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lived there in 1919 while finishing the manuscript that would become “This Side of Paradise.”
Meisenburg jumped on the internet to look up the price. “I thought it was a little high,” he recalled, so he set up alerts to notify him by e-mail of any reductions. When the price dropped, he arranged to take a look inside the three-level row house. “It was really beautiful,” he said, with a huge arch between the living and dining rooms.
So he decided to make an offer. “The timing was just perfect,” he said. His business was doing well, and his passion project, an organic vodka made from potatoes and corn grown on his family’s farm, was temporarily in limbo. “I was waiting for the state of Wisconsin to give me my permit.” The row house was “something I’d admired a long time. I just loved the place! When’s the opportunity going to come again?”
Meisenburg moved into the row house in December 2016, just in time to celebrate the holidays. “It was very special to have Christmas here,” he said. “You could see the Christmas tree through the window. It was sort of like being in a Christmas movie.”
He’s made very few changes to the home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Because of that designation, the exterior can’t be altered. Meisenburg can change the interiors, but he saw no need to. The previous owners had already restored them from an earlier Polynesian theme to period-appropriate Victorian-style decor. “They brought it back to its original character,” he said. “I wanted to keep the same theme.”
But he did need appropriate furniture. “Someone suggested the types of pieces I should have so I started researching,” he said. “Settee? I had no idea what a settee was.” He ultimately found a pair of the small antique sofas in Chicago and brought them home in a pickup truck.
For artwork, he chose framed vintage photos from Germany, where he once studied, and paintings by contemporary artists including Dennis Larkins, who created an original, featuring Meisenburg’s vodka, that now hangs in his dining room.
On the third floor is the office where Fitzgerald wrote, with a balcony, overlooking Summit Avenue, where the novelist smoked cigarettes. Meisenburg has turned the room into “an ode to F. Scott.” There’s a vintage desk with a portrait of Fitzgerald above it, copies of his novels and a “Great Gatsby” movie poster, along with some of Meisenburg’s own personal family mementos.
Owning and living in a piece of history is “pretty cool,” he said.
The house has been a people magnet — in more ways than one.
“When you host a party here, it’s not hard to get people to come,” Meisenburg said. He celebrated the launch of his vodka, Treboles and Key, with a Fitzgerald-themed soiree last September. A Fitzgerald scholar presented a monologue, and a dancer performed at the stroke of midnight, which happened to be Fitzgerald’s birthday. “I didn’t pick the date because of that date. I found out a week before. Sometimes you just get lucky.”
Meisenburg still gets e-mails asking when he’s going to have another party in the row house, he said.
He’s also had a few uninvited guests. Once, when he forgot to lock the front door, he came downstairs to find two strangers in his living room. “They thought it was a museum,” he said. “They did get a free tour.”
Summit Hill House Tour
What: Tour 12 private homes and six public spaces in St. Paul’s historic Summit Hill neighborhood.
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 30. (Ticket counter opens at 11 a.m.; 10 a.m. for VIP tickets.)
Where: Ticket pickup locations on day of tour: St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Av., Mitchell-Hamline College of Law, 875 Summit Av.
Cost: $30 in advance at summithillassociation.org. $35 the day of the tour, if tickets remain. New this year: VIP tickets, $100, that include access to all buildings, plus brunch at Dixie’s on Grand, free reserved parking at an off-street lot and exclusive admittance to the houses of your choice at 11 a.m., one hour before the tour opens to other guests. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Summit Hill Association, and tickets are tax-deductible.