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City Pages || F. Scott Fitzgerald's Minnesota: Revisiting the haunts and homes that still stand

By Erica Rivera
City Pages

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota (Page)St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald got around. Though he didn’t live his entire life in the Saintly City, he certainly left his mark during his stints here. Author Dave Page, a Fitzgerald scholar for 30 years, has collected info on upwards of 180 of the adored novelist’s local hangs -- including friends’ domiciles, relatives’ estates, and downtown attractions -- in his new book F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer & His Friends at Home.

Among the addresses brought to life with Page’s meticulous reportage and Jeff Krueger’s stunning photographs are Fitzgerald’s birthplace apartment at 481 Laurel and the row house at 599 Summit where Fitzgerald rewrote This Side of Paradise, the book that made him an overnight sensation. Summit Avenue, considered the most architecturally intact Victorian boulevard in the United States, plays a prominent role in this geographical biography of St. Paul’s golden boy. 

We asked Page about Fitzgerald’s lively social life and his ties to the Capital City, which Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda left for good in 1922.

Read the interview.