F. Scott and Zelda's Stay in Delaware Historic Home

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Not in the duPont category of wealth,  F.Scott Fitzgerald had already spent all of his earnings from The Great Gatsby when his editor suggested he  move to quiet Wilmington, Delaware in 1927.

Scott had already spent all of his earnings from The Great Gatsby and had burned out in Hollywood in an attempt at screenwriting. He needed another Ellersliehit novel. His former Princeton roommate, John Biggs, found a Historic Home for Scott and Zelda near where he lived in Wilmington, Delaware. He thought, perhaps, the quiet area would inspire Scott to complete his work. So it was to the Delaware River at Ellerslie, an 1842 mansion owned at the time by William and John Sellers, founders of the nearby Edge Moor Iron Company,  to which in 1927 the Fitzgeralds moved  and rented.

Much partying ensued, including visits from the local constabulary. There was also the enormous distraction of visitors who came to visit the couple, Ernest Hemingway among them. The Fitzgeralds held glittering parties with moonlit cocktails set to jazz music under the chestnut trees  Parties were held for any reason, one was just to celebrate Charles Lindbergh’s flight.

Ellerslie was torn down in 1973 to make way for DuPont’s Edgemoor plant, which went out of business in 2015. Sic transit!

Thanks to A Short History  website and the book Fox Point Remembered by Gertrude  F. Dunlap for contributing material for this article.



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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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I had not realized Scott Fitsgerald lived in the area. Learn something every day.

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