Friday, November 10, 2006

Birthpace of....?


F. Scott Fitzgerald Series: Those of you who are familiar with American literature are undoubtedly familiar with F. Scott, one of our boys. For the next few days, I will show you places where he lived, went to school during his early years, and where he hung out. He was born in this building to Edward and Mollie McQuillan Fitzgerald.
(Reference: http://home.comcast.net/~caudle2/fscotwlk.htm)

Today in MN History: 1871 - Cretin High School opens in St. Paul. Named for Joseph Cretin, the first bishop of the diocese of St. Paul, the school would merge with Derham Hall high school in 1987. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)

18 comments:

  1. we are more exposed to British literature in HK school and I only got to know him through a TV series "Tender is the Night" and then I read a few of his well known books. I've always associated him with the romantic guy in The Great Gatsby...thanks for the nice post!

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  2. Wow! wonderful. Like most Literature students, Tender is the Night was the first of his books that I read.

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  3. Love The Great Gatsby. I think it may be my favourite American novel.

    Saw The Prarie Home Companion recently, which pays great homage to Fitzgerald as well, of course.

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  4. What a grand building.. three lovely storeys, thanks for sharing.

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  5. je ne savais pas pour F. Scott Fitzgerald. j'aime bien ton blog, on apprend beaucoup de choses. juste pour te signaler que si je clique sur la photo de la maison, j'ais une page d'erreur.
    bonne journee


    I did not know for F. Scott Fitzgerald. I like your blog, one learns much from things. just to announce you that if I click on the photograph of the house, I board a page of error. good day

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  6. very historic looking for sure - this would have been a great photo under a full moon =)

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  7. is it a hospital or this is the building they used to live and he was born at home?

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  8. Kate, this is a great idea for a series. What an unusual house for MN, I think. Looks like the South. I love Fitzgerald (I work in the English department at MSU :)).

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  9. Glad you guys like it; there's more to come!
    Olivier, Sometimes that happens when I post photos; I'll try to fix it,
    Zsolt, Fitzgerald was born at home, not uncommon in that era; it's a great apartment building, and Ruth, I, too, taught English--for 28 years at the very school that Fitzgerald attended as an adolescent. There's more later on that one, too!

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  10. Kate, I meant to add in my first comment that I like your idea of including a historial fact about MN.

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  11. Oh what a good idea! It's always impotant to know a little bit more about artists, writers, painters, musicians... And it's great to discover the places where they have opened their eyes on the world. You have in a way the feeling that you are closer to him or her througout time, and that you'll understand him or her better... I'd love to visit Margarett Mitchell home in Georgia, or Bob Dylan's in Minnesota! And for now, thank you to invite us in Scott's histoty!

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  12. It's an apartment building now. What about then? Was his family wealthy - did they have the whole house? Or were they living only in one section perhaps? I know little about him, really, and wonder what drove him to be a high-liver?

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  13. Hi Kate

    Nice pictures here! Thanks for visiting my blog, I'll have a few more pictures of our little guy Isaac up soon. He's doing really well - thanks for asking!
    Joel

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  14. what a great post Kate, thanks for sharing!

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  15. wow, it's more than 100 years old, and it is still standing firm.

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  16. dsplit7:51 PM

    November 10th also happens to be the anniversary of the sinking of The Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. Though only a connection in namesake to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the ship and its demise seemed a fitting addition to what took place on today's date in Minnesota history.

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  17. wow very informative DP post:) I've learnt something, Kate, Thanks!


    Today (11/11) i've posted the 3rd Quiz on my DP. This quiz is special with an 'extended play time'. As you've played in the Circles...Circles (Quiz 2) I thought you might wanna know I have a third one coming up;)

    Hope to see ya!

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  18. Wow! What a lovely place to be born - love this structure, and I like the way you've framed it.

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