'The Great Gatsby' introduces new fans to MN author

5:00 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A famous Minnesota author is introduced to a new generation in the remake of "The Great Gatsby."

The movie hits theaters this weekend and is expected to draw big crowds. It's an adaptation of the famous novel written by St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"He was born on Laurel Avenue and was baptized at the Cathedral," said Patrick Coleman with the Minnesota Historical Society. "His time in St. Paul was a big chunk of his life."

Fitzgerald spent several years living on Summit Avenue, too. There he wrote several short stories and another popular novel, "This Side of Paradise."

"The Great Gatsby" has stood the test of time, however. 

"It's about the human experience," says Coleman. "It's recommended to high school students because it's about someone becoming something they are not."

The movie includes big, Hollywood names and will be shown in 3D, but as movie-goers head to theaters this weekend Fitzgerald fans hope it draws people to the pages.

"There is a lovely passage in the book that references Minnesota," says Coleman. "In this state, there are few bigger names than Fitzgerald."

At the St. Paul Public Library the book is completely checked out.  Library staff says the movie has drummed up lots of interest.

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