It became condemned. The home was one of the few remaining relics going back to a time of pleasure for some during the 1920’s. No place represented the era more than this house. The author was also in his twenties when he wrote the novel. As seen in the 1974 film staring Robert Redford, the novel tells the story of a Wall Street trader named Nick Carroll who rents a cottage next to the mysterious Jay Gatsby who is famous for his lavish parties. By the time the book is published, Fitzgerald has moved away from the house. He died in 1940 at the age of 44.