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Zelda Fitzgerald

1900-1948

 
 
Zelda Fitzgerald Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 19, 2012
1. Zelda Fitzgerald Marker
Inscription.
Writer, artist, Jazz Age
icon; wife of F. Scott
Fitzgerald. On Mar. 10,
1948, died in Highland
Hospital fire, ¼ mi. S.

 
Erected 2010 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number P-89.)
 
Location. 35° 36.665′ N, 82° 33.981′ W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (North Carolina Route 1791) and WT Weaver Blvd, on the right when traveling south on Broadway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buncombe Turnpike (within shouting distance of this marker); The University of North Carolina at Asheville (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Asheville (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Asheville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Riverside Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond Pearson (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1st U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Locke Craig (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Asheville.
 
Regarding Zelda Fitzgerald. “So we beat on, boats against the
Zelda Fitzgerald Marker near the WT Weaver Blvd intersection image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 20
2. Zelda Fitzgerald Marker near the WT Weaver Blvd intersection
current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The lines from The Great Gatsby are inscribed atop the burials in Rockville, Maryland, of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. In their day celebrities of the first order, they spent much of the 1930s in western North Carolina. She outlived him by eight years.

Daughter of an Alabama State Supreme Court justice, Zelda Sayre married Fitzgerald in 1919. The Great Gatsby appeared in 1925 and it was Fitzgerald himself who dubbed the 1920s the “Jazz Age.” Zelda, whom he called “America’s first flapper,” published a novel, Save the Last Waltz, in 1932. He was an alcoholic and, after 1936, she suffered from schizophrenia. To this day scholars debate the role each had in stifling the other’s creativity.

While staying at the Grove Park Inn in 1936, Zelda Fitzgerald entered Highland Hospital, an exclusive psychiatric clinic in Asheville’s Montford neighborhood. Dr. Robert S. Carroll had moved his practice from downtown to the fifty-acre site in 1909. His treatments emphasized physical activity but included electroshock therapy, insulin treatments,
and injection of horse blood into the spinal column. There Zelda, whose symptoms fluctuated, thrived, dedicating time to painting.

After her husband’s death in 1940, she returned to Highland Hospital for three extended stays, averaging
Zelda Fitzgerald Marker, looking southeast along Broadway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 19, 2012
3. Zelda Fitzgerald Marker, looking southeast along Broadway
six months. She swam, played tennis, went shopping, and regularly visited her mother in Alabama and at her summer home in Saluda. On March 10, 1948, fire swept from the facility’s kitchen through the dumbwaiter to all four floors. Of the twenty resident patients, nine perished. The others were led to safety. Fitzgerald, it is believed, likely died of
smoke inhalation but her remains were indentified by charred slippers. Reports conflict as to whether the doors were locked.

In 1944 Duke University acquired Highland Hospital which ceased operation in the 1980s. The remaining building now houses a diagnostic laboratory. (North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources)
 
Also see . . .  Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. ...Shortly after finishing high school, she met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a dance. A whirlwind courtship ensued. ... (Submitted on May 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Zelda Fitzgerald image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
4. Zelda Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald image. Click for full size.
by Gordon Bryant. Published in Shadowland magazine in 1921.(Wikipedia)
5. F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald's and His Wife Zelda's Gravestones, St. Mary's Church, Rockville. Md. image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
6. F. Scott Fitzgerald's and His Wife Zelda's Gravestones, St. Mary's Church, Rockville. Md.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — The Great Gatsby.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
7. F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gravesite
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, September 24, 1896 – September 21, 1940, His Wife Zelda Sayre, July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948. Their only child, Frances Scott "Scottie" Fitzgerald Smith, is buried at the foot of their grave. That headstone is visible in this photograph.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,108 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6, 7. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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