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The most famous St. Paul resident is author, humorist, and radio personality Garrison Keillor. Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, a small town that is a short drive northwest of St. Paul and now lives in St. Paul. He is best known for being the founder and host of a radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. In one monologue about a fictional town based on Anoka, Keillor famously states that Lake Wobegon is a place “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."
F. Scott Fitzgerald hails from St. Paul, although he, unlike Keillor, seems to prefer to write about the French Riviera, Spain, and a fictional town that has the same feel as the wealthiest parts of Long Island. If reading Fitzgerald for the first time, The Great Gatsby is a fine place to start. If you yearn for more Fitzgerald, Tender Is The Night has the interesting plot structure of a chiasmus, in which the character arcs of the two main characters form an “x:” one headed upwards, while one is on the way down (Doctor D. Diver, who starts out with everything, takes a dive and is left with nothing, while his wife, who starts out in a mental hospital, ends up with everything).
For those who want some lighter reading, St. Paul is also the birthplace of Peanuts cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz. Yes, the man who thought up Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, and Linus was born in St. Paul.