F. Scott Fitzgerald was the famous author of The Great Gatsby and other novels chronicling fast life in the Jazz Age. Scott, an Army officer, met Zelda, a Montgomery, Alabama debutante, at a dance in 1918. They married soon after. As Scott became more famous, they were caught up in the hectic social world that surrounds beautiful, young celebrities. Their frequent drinking bouts stressed their marriage and fed Zelda’s growing mental instability. In 1936, Zelda entered Highland Hospital in Asheville for treatment of schizophrenia, never to leave. Scott stayed in Asheville for a while before moving to Hollywood to write movie scripts. He died of a heart attack in 1940. Eight years later, Zelda died in Asheville when fire destroyed the Highland Hospital.
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- Black Mountain College In 1933, Black Mountain College opened near Black Mountain, North Carolina. Dedicated to the arts, it marked a radical departure from most colleges of the time. It was an experiment in […]
- Sanitariums For several years during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States. Consequently, a wide variety of treatments emerged […]
- Thomas Wolfe Thomas Wolfe was born to Julia and W.O. Wolfe in 1900. The youngest of eight children, he grew up living in the boardinghouse operated by his mother in Asheville, North Carolina. His […]
- Wilma Dykeman Wilma Dykeman of Asheville, North Carolina, was a major Appalachian author. Her novels “The Tall Woman,” “The Far Family,” and “Return the Innocent Earth” vividly evoke life in the region […]
- Young Adult Choir, Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 Mountain Heritage Award Comments
SEPT. 29, 2001
Winner: Young Adult Choir of Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church.
Accepting Award: choir director Cornell Proctor
The Young […]