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Fitzgerald’s post-Gatsby career would veer between lofty peaks and deep valleys, with huge paychecks for short stories in magazines, alcoholism, a lucrative “Gatsby” silent-film adaptation (now lost) and Zelda’s lengthy hospitalization for a bipolar disorder. Fitzgerald’s last royalty check was for $13.13, Hampl said, and he died in 1940 “a humbled man who saw with clarity how this country savages its darlings.”
But the image most folks carry around today is of the Fitzgeralds’ halcyon days as a freewheeling, carousing couple out on the town.
That scene occasionally is re-created during private parties at the Prohibition bar in Minneapolis’ “W’’ Hotel, said sales and marketing director Molli O’Rourke.
She added that customers in general “are really excited about the cocktails of that era,” especially in a space “with these elegant elements that have been there since the building was built [in the 1920s], with an old romantic feel and all this gossip behind it.”
Sounds like a place where F. Scott and Zelda would have felt right at home.
Bill Ward • 612-673-7643
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