A Private Moment with Mr. Fitzgerald

I stumbled upon this many times in the last week or two, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Gatsby” house is for sale! If only I had $3.9 million dollars to spare. Maybe if I sold all my books, ha!

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Said to be the inspiration for Jay Gatsby’s West Egg mansion and where he wrote the first three chapters, this 5,000 square foot Mediterranean-style home is in Great Neck, Long Island.

Built in 1918, Fitzgerald and his wife lived here from 1922 to 1924.

Since I got sidetracked by this and am googling everything Fitzgerald, I came across this gem (can anyone say ‘new reading list’?!)

For Reading Addicts is a favorite of mine. Love their gifs, quotes, and endless images of luxurious libraries from all over the world. Hm hm good!

Anyway… they have this article, “The reading list of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“In 1936, while convalescing in a North Carolina hotel, Fitzgerald dictated a list of recommended books to his nurse, Dorothy Richardson, whose main job was to prevent him from drinking too much.”

There are 22 books on this list; authors such as Chekhov, Wilde, de Maupassant, Proust, and Tolstoy (and others). I have heard of most of these and many are on my reading bucket list, though I’m not sure my over all “essential reading” recommendation list would be this short! What’s in your wallet on your list?

And finally, one of my favorite Fitzgerald quotes. He was many things — a keen chronicler of human motivations and desires was definitely one.

“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.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald


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