Archives for category: Summer Road Trip

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The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, features a mural of its namesake, who looks amused at all the attention.

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We are still in St. Paul, Minnesota, continuing our summer road trip. The visit wouldn’t be complete without a stop downtown at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Built in 1910, and originally named the Sam S. Shubert Theater, the Fitzgerald Theater is home to The Prairie Home Companion, the weekly National Public Radio variety series hosted by Garrison Keillor. Currently owned by Minnesota Public Radio, the theater serves as venue for a range dramatic and musical works. In 1994, the theater was renamed in honor of St. Paul’s native son, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Photo: QuoinMonkey, All Rights Reserved

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LEFT-HANDED F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (Wrong!)

I enjoy collecting photos (at least jpgs) of authors sitting at typewriters. While I couldn’t find a photo of F. Scott Fitzgerald at a typewriter, I did find several shots of him writing with pen and paper. In some cases, someone had “flipped”  the photo so that Fitzgerald appears to be left-handed. I have several relatives who were changed from lefties to righties — and, from what I’ve heard, the process leaves lasting scars. All of you cavalier graphic designers out there, do not make this decision lightly.

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When I googled the address of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s birthplace, the above listing popped up. Wonder how many condos in the building. Anyway, looks like #5W is available.

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On September 24, 1896, the great American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald made his earthly debut in the house pictured above, located at 481 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota. Fitzgerald’s father named him Francis Scott Key in honor of his distant cousin who wrote the “Star Spangled Banner.” In 2004, Friends of Libraries USA declared Fitzgerald’s birthplace a National Literary Landmark — one of only a few such designations in the United States.

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“Great books write themselves; only bad books have to be written.”

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Today, we are busy planning the next stop on our Summer Road Trip — St. Paul, Minnesota, birthplace of the author who inspired the Silver Birch Blog: F. Scott Fitzgerald. When I started rereading The Great Gatsby on June 24, 2012, it occurred to me to start blogging about my favorite novel.  Three and a half weeks later, Silver Birch is  about to visit (virtually, that is) the great author’s birthplace (and where he spent his childhood and youth). Stay tuned.

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (1896-1940)

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The Mississippi is well worth reading about. It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable.”

Opening lines of Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

Photo: Mississippi River boat by Loren Javier

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Mark Twain‘s iconic characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer have captured the imaginations of people around the world. In 2001, Germany issued the above stamp to commemorate Twain’s creations.

Illustration: Deutsche Poste

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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.”

ERNEST HEMINGWAY