Earlier this month, an old mansion that is believed to have been the inspiration behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic literary portrayal of the opulent Jazz Age The Great Gatsby, was razed to the ground. The 25-room mansion, known as Land’s End, was emblematic of the famed Gold Coast on Long Island.
“This [area] represented the epitome of everything you could strive for, everything you could want,” explains Ruth Prigozy, Executive Director of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. “You had optimism. You had a sense of what America was. The possibility of America. And you had it embedded in one place.”
According to literary legend, Fitzgerald would sit at night on the porch of his house in Great Neck, and stare across the bay at the Land’s End mansion, contemplating the themes that would form Gatsby, a novel which does a better job than most of honestly exploring the promises and perils of the American Dream.
“The home was one of the few remaining relics harkening back to Fitzgerald’s time on Long Island,” Serena Altschul reports for CBS Sunday Morning.