Although the F. Scott Fitzgerald in St. Paul organization is still in its infancy, the nonprofit group has just published its first book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home—and the final product is, quite simply, excellent. The St. Paul organization was created in 2012 at the behest of Richard McDermott, who had long lived in the apartment in which Fitzgerald was born. The experience, he once said, had “transformed” his life. Talking with the Fitzgerald scholars and fans who came to his door from around the world convinced him it was important to keep the author's works alive for future generations. Consequently, at his death, McDermott left a legacy to establish F. Scott Fitzgerald in St. Paul.

“Dick's vision rested on his firmly held belief that further exposure to Fitzgerald's work would transform our view of ourselves and our City,” writes organization president...

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