Sunday, March 10, 2013

We hope the boat's not Charon's

Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, died on this day in 1948, in a fire in Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, NC, where she was a patient.

She suffered her first mental breakdown in 1930, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia shortly afterwards.

Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940.

Scott and Zelda had been originally buried in the Rockville (Md.) Union Cemetery. In 1975, their son Scottie successfully campaigned for them to be buried with the other Fitzgeralds at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Inscribed on their tombstone is the final sentence of The Great Gatsby:

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."