Literary Fox

In most towns, foxes hang out wherever.

Westport is not “most towns.”

Our foxes pay sly homage to our literary heritage.

Alert “06880” reader Jeff Giannone snapped this photo the other day. As every Westporter knows, it shows the South Compo Road home where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald spent the summer of 1920.

Literary fox

Pretty wild.

11 responses to “Literary Fox

  1. Jack Whittle

    “The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs.” F.S.F.

    Tell that to the fox

  2. Joyce Barnhart

    Love this photo! Beautiful fox.

  3. The property at 244 Compo Road South is currently for sale – please check out the website and details at F Scott and Zelda did, in fact, rent the property, and not only was The Beautiful and the Damned written there, but it is now thought that the house and environs were the primary setting for The Great Gatsby. As a matter of fact, a new movie is in the works, documenting the importance of the house and Westport as a whole, as Fitzgerald’s literary inspiration. For more information, please enjoy Marshall S. Berdan’s excellent article –

    or, of course, feel free to contact me with any questions about the home.
    Maryann Ross Levanti
    The Higgins Group

  4. Sharon Paulsen

    Jack, thanks for sharing that F.S.F. quote. How perfect! And, relevant to our current “have and have nots” politics of today.
    And what a Kodak moment with that fox!

  5. Abby Reddig Moser

    Strange , because I grew up next door at 234 S Compo rd and never saw a fox around our neighborhood !

  6. Is that a builder contemplating the teardown of the week? Or is it an illustration of sour grapes because one of America’s literary icons lived there for a summer affording this house at least, spectral protection.

    • jerrymacdaid

      Just a comment to pre-empt the “I hope no ones tears this down” contingent. I mean, how could one argue with tearing down another old colonial that has been “preserved” such that it bears only superficial resemblance to what was once there and replacing it with something with Architectural Significance?

  7. As the home was the winner of Westport’s 2004 Historic Preservation Award, recognizing the wonderful renovation work done to the home, I think the question of changing – which obviously was allowed to build the addition – vs tearing the home down – is a question for the town authorities to decide if and when a proposal is put before them.

  8. Jocelyn Barandiaran

    What does the fox say????