Tuesday, November 21, 2006

This Side of Paradise

Another Fitzgerald post: F.Ssott Fitzgerald wrote the novel, This Side of Paradise, while living in this brownstone apartment building on 593/599 Summit Avenue. He had met Zelda, his future wife, while serving in the army. Originally she had not wanted to marry Scott because of his uncertain financial future, but after the publication of the novel, she apparently changed her mind. They did not remain long in Minnesota and led a busy, often debt-ridden existence, as international icons of the Jazz Age. For two other views of this historic building, visit this site.
Today in Minnesota History: 1902- The steamer Bannockburn and its twenty-member crew is seen for the last time as it sets forth from Duluth, later disappearing somewhere on Lake Superior. (Reference: mnhs.org)

16 comments:

  1. cette maison est superbe. merci encore pour ce post sur Fitzgerald.


    this house is superb. thank you still for this post on Fitzgerald.

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  2. This is such a beautiful building. It makes me want to touch the rock walls. What stories that house could tell.

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  3. what a great building and interesting details abut his life i've never encountered before.

    i like the name of his wife, Zelda, very unusual.
    first i've hear of the name was when i got a Nintendo's game ‘The Legend of Zelda’

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  4. I think we might have a case of blog synchroncity today, Kate. I posted an historic house also. But Fitzgerald never lived in the one I show.

    Have a lovely day. Annie

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  5. Now there's a house that needs a ghost! Love the architecture.

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  6. shadowing is great... beauty indeed

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  7. It seems the side of a small castle. This photo has a professional touch, you got a nice sky.

    greetings for you sweet kate

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  8. ohhh love the textures...i like architectures with detailings:)

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  9. Sounds a lot like his Michigan counterpart, Hemingway. Lots of drinking and struggles with money.

    Thanks for sharing the history.

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  10. I agree with Kimberly...the shadow of the tree on the face of the building is excellent. I bet it could be photographed "scary" too.

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  11. I know this sounds like it's getting into a series, but I can't help it! This house also reminds me of London, or at least the best part of it, where I was privileged to live for my last 12 years in my home city. Hampstead. Also, Sintra, Portugal,which I just started posting a series of pics on in my place tonight. It is a really great house, this one. A lot of character, befitting a struggling debt-ridden lit. icon to be!

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  12. Holy Moses, it's almost 2AM here! :)

    Someone already commented on the shadow of the trees, which I also liked, but let me tell you this though:

    Those doors look ridiculous. They ought to look the same. Seriously, look at them, Kate.

    Zzzz...

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  13. This was a great post for me because I really love Fitzgerald, and am always eager to learn more about his life. Great photo!

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  14. Beautiful old building. I love the big stone slabs. Nice texture.

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  15. I really like this house and the story behind it.
    Zelda was right then about worrying for the future... a debt-ridden life probably wasn't what she had hoped for...

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  16. That is a terrific lookibg house.

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