F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum 919 Felder ave. montgomery, al
Come visit the only museum dedicated to two of the most influential 20th century writers.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St. Paul, Minn. and named after his famous relative, Francis Scott Key who wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner.” After graduating from Princeton in 1917, F. Scott enlisted with the U.S. Army as World War I was concluding. While in the Army, F. Scott met Zelda Sayre, a 17-year-old Montgomery native. Zelda was the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. The couple was engaged in 1919; however, a few months later Zelda called off the engagement. F. Scott had moved to New York City to work as a short story writer at an advertising agency, but could not convince Zelda that he could support her. He moved back to Minnesota to revise a story called “This Side of Paradise” that was later accepted and published. In the fall of 1919, Zelda and F. Scott resumed their engagement and were married in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral on April 3, 1920.
In 1925 he published the pinnacle of his works titled “The Great Gatsby” which was eerily similar to his real life relationship with his wife. The ‘20s began as a seemingly happy and prosperous time for the Fitzgeralds.
Although his first novel sold very well, he and Zelda grew accustomed to living such a lavish lifestyle in New York that he needed to continue to write short stories on the side for additional income. Zelda especially embraced the Flapper, post-war and roaring twenties.
The house that was originally 819 Felder St. was built in 1909 in the Cloverdale district of Montgomery. It was home to the Fitzgeralds who leased the house from October of 1931 to April 1932. After living in New York City, Paris and Hollywood, the couple returned to the South, where they met 14 years earlier.
They celebrated Christmas there, but in February, Zelda was sent to Baltimore to receive treatment. Although their time in the house on Felder Street was short-lived, their legacy was carried on and is now the only museum to remember the works and accomplishments of the talent-
“The Beautiful and the Damned,” stars Kiera Knightley as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in the fictionized story of her relationship with F. Scott. The story is set in the decadant decade of the ‘20s that brought the couple as much recognition as it did bring maddness. The film is based on the novel which is based on the actual soap opera life the two shared.
The Beautiful and the Damned Release Date 2010 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a short story written by Fitzgerald about a boy who was born old and the longer he lived the younger he became. The film starred Brad Pitt as Button with actress Cate Blanchett as Daisy. Ironically Daisy is the leading lady in Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
Released December 2008 Received 13 Academy Award nominations
The film received 13 nominations and won three Academy Awards at the 2009 Oscars. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby