Statue of Fitzgerald stands in St. Paul

Sunday, October 15, 2006

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- To produce a bronze statue of a young F. Scott Fitzgerald as a young teenager, a St. Paul artist had to rely on a bit of guesswork.

Turns out there aren't a lot of pictures of the Jazz Age author during his days at St. Paul Academy, said Aaron Dysart, whose bronze of Fitzgerald is located outside the building that once housed the private school.

"I think I redid the face like five times," Dysart told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "The hardest problem was not having a model."

Fitzgerald attended the private school for three years and published his first work of fiction there. The 150-pound statue depicts Fitzgerald at about 14 years old, leaning back on the building's original steps and gazing up at a stoplight.

The author of "The Great Gatsby" was born in St. Paul in 1896. The city has another statue of Fitzgerald, as an adult, in Rice Park.

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