• With 'Gatsby' release, F. Scott Fitzgerald's grave sees increase in visitors

    2012-06-12

    F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" has been one of the most iconic American books for decades, but with the release of a star-studded movie adaptation, travelers from around the U.S. have a renewed interest in the famed author. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's graves, located in Rockville, Md., have seen an increase in visitors in recent weeks, The Washington Post reports.

    It's easy to miss the graves if you don't know where they are on the grounds of St. Mary's Catholic Church. In fact, prior to the movie's release, only a handful of people each week would make the trek to the suburban cemetery to see Fitzgerald's resting place, but that figure has recently tripled. Among those who have stopped by the site is Larry Durkin, who has fond memories of the book.

    "'The Great Gatsby' is a piece of Americana," he told the newspaper. "I read it much later in life, after my grandsons were assigned the novel. I liked it so much, I read it twice. He left a mark on the world whether or not he realized it at the time."

    Fitzgerald's grave - which is inscribed with the book's final line - is not the only place literary enthusiasts can pay their respects to the couple. The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is located in Montgomery, Ala., at the home the two shared.

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