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Long Island Home of F. Scott Fitzgerald Seeks $3.9 Million

Long Island Home of F. Scott Fitzgerald Seeks .9 Million

Built in 1918, the Mediterranean-style home measures over 5,000 square feet.

The Long Island house where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in the early 1920s—and where he began writing “The Great Gatsby,” his best known work—is listed for $ 3,888,888.

Built in 1918, the Mediterranean-style home measures over 5,000 square feet, with seven bedrooms. The listing agents are Inbar Mitzman and Nurit Weiss of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who said the house has been updated over the years.

The home has original details such as a wood-burning fireplace, arched windows overlooking the property and crown moldings, Ms. Mitzman said. A room above the garage that Mr. Fitzgerald is believed to have used for writing is now used as a bedroom, she said.

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The novelist and his wife Zelda lived in the Great Neck home from 1922 to 1924, according to Kirk Curnutt, an English professor at Troy University in Alabama and vice president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.

While living in Great Neck, the Fitzgeralds spent a large amount of time socializing with their wealthy neighbors, Mr. Curnutt said, and it is likely those experiences that inspired “The Great Gatsby’”s depictions of lavish Jazz Age parties, and the tension between newly rich West Egg and old-money East Egg.

Mr. Fitzgerald wrote about three chapters of “The Great Gatsby” while living in Great Neck, according to Sarah Churchwell, professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia and author of “Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby.” In May of 1924, she said, the family departed for France, where he wrote the rest of the novel.

Ms. Mitzman declined to identify the owners, but said they are selling because their children are grown. According to public records, the home is owned by Larry Horn, who purchased it in 2008 for $ 4.2 million.

Ms. Mitzman said prices in Great Neck are increasing but haven’t yet fully recovered from the real-estate downturn.

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