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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Baltimore home sells in just 61 days

By Mary Falconer-Williams
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. Published in 1925, the novel captures all the glitz, glamour, romance and dirtyhanded social climbing of the Roaring Twenties. The youthful movement and social ideologies fueled Fitzgerald’s works.

From 1933 to 1935, Fitzgerald lived in a townhouse in Baltimore, Md., a time that was very tumultuous for his family. In that two-year span, Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda, was institutionalized, and his fourth novel, Tender is the Night (loosely based on his experience with his wife’s mental illness), was published.

A blue plaque on the side of the building denotes its status as the former residence of Fitzgerald and declares the home part of the Bolton Hill Historic District, named for the surrounding community.

Built in 1900, the home retains much of its turn-ofthe-century charm including crown molding, built-in bookcases, wood fl oors and multiple fi replaces. Large windows enhance its spacious rooms including a library, 4 bedrooms and 2 full and 2 partial baths. French doors open onto second- and thirdstory balconies overlooking a private garden.

The home was listed on Jan. 26 and sold 61 days later for $464,000.

The Great Gatsby turns 88 years old this year on April 10. A new movie based on the novel opens May 10, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire.