The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference held in Rockville, MD (a suburb of Washington DC) hosts workshops, salons, discussions and readings, and the presentation of the annual Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and other classic novels and short stories, was born in Minnesota. His mother was born in Minnesota. But his father was from a well-established Montgomery County, MD family. Young Scott regularly visited his father’s relatives at Locust Grove, their farm in the Rockville area. The author’s lifelong connection to Rockville was maintained through correspondence, family ties and visits and, ultimately, his final resting place.
He died in 1940 in California and was buried in Rockville Cemetery. When his wife Zelda died in 1948, she was buried with him. In 1975, they were reinterred in the cemetery at historic Saint Mary’s Church in Rockville.
Even today, on Fitzgerald’s birthday, visitors find their way to the gravesite and leave flowers, packs of cigarettes, martini glasses and gin bottles in homage.