From The Washington Post:
In the summer of 1919, a brokenhearted 22-year-old Army lieutenant climbed to the third floor of his parents’ rowhouse in St. Paul, Minn., and began to write a novel. He pinned the outline of his manuscript to the curtains of the bedroom window.
Those pages became “This Side of Paradise,” and the months its young author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, spent toiling on it made him a literary sensation. Published in the spring of 1920, the novel sold out quickly and earned him acclaim, remuneration and the woman of his dreams: He married Zelda Sayre, who had quickly reconsidered his romantic entreaties in light of the promise of his debut.
The 3,500-square-foot residence dating to 1889 is located at 599 Summit Ave., just blocks from the governor’s mansion in a leafy, upper-class neighborhood. The home has four bedrooms, including the one occupied by Fitzgerald in July and August of 1919. He was known to step out for cigarette breaks onto a narrow ledge beyond the bedroom windows. Attached to the wall next to a door is a brass speaking tube that he used to call down for lunch.[Fitzgerald] died of a heart attack at 44 [after having] squandered his fortune.
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