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Elie Wiesel emigrated to St. Petersburg, a survior of the Nazi death camps. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work,
Night, which details his escape from the camp where he lost his father as well as his faith.
Best selling author James Michener lived and taught at St. Petersburg's Eckerd College off and on during his final years.
References by F. Scott Fitzgerald to a "hotel in an island wilderness" may refer to the Don Cesar Resort on St. Pete Beach where he and his wife, Zelda, were guests.
city-pick St Petersburg, edited by Heather Reyes (Oxygen Books paperback) has over 60 writers, fiction and non-fiction, on all aspects of the city past and present.