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 Ginevra <I>King</I> Pirie

Ginevra King Pirie

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 13 Dec 1980 (aged 82)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Lake Forest, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section C, Block 14, Lot 3
Memorial ID 26045011 · View Source
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GINEVRA KING PIRIE was a Lake Forest, Illinois socialite and heiress who had a two year (mostly) long-distance relationship with famed American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was a student at Princeton University, while Ginevra was in high school at Westover during part of this time (January 1915 to July 1917).

Ginevra was the inspiration and basis for several of Fitzgerald's female characters over the years, in both his short stories, and in at least two of his novels.

The most memorable of these characters is Daisy Fay Buchanan in the 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. Daisy was based entirely on Ginevra King, with one notable exception: The character Daisy hailed from Louisville, Kentucky, not Illinois. It was Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda Sayre, who hailed from the South (Montgomery, Alabama).

F. Scott Fitzgerald characters known to be based on Ginevra (The first listed was Fitzgerald's debut novel, and contained two characters, both based in part on Ginevra):

Isabelle Borgé and Rosalind Connage
in This Side Of Paradise

Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby

Judy Jones in Winter Dreams

Isabelle Borgé in Babes In The Woods

Josephine in all 5 Josephine Perry Stories

Josephine in 3 of The Basil Stories

Marjorie Harvey in Bernice Bobs Her Hair


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NOVEMBER 30, 1898

DECEMBER 13, 1980

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