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The Collected Writings
This comprehensive collection of Zelda Fitzgerald's work puts the Jazz-Age heroine in illuminating literary perspective. The volume includes Zelda's only published novel, Save Me the Waltz, an autobiographical account of the Fitzgeralds' adventures in Paris and on the Riviera; her celebrated farce, Scandalabra, eleven short stories; twelve articles; and the letters she wro...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 30th 1997 by University Alabama Press
(first published January 1st 1991)
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The book seems to have been collected to resolve the question, "How deeply was Scott involved in Zelda's writing?" which is, of course, unanswerable without handwritten drafts. There is obvious overlap between Zelda and Scott's writing--starting with the subject matter (they both drew heavily from their lives). There are also commonalities of listing and description, but there are also strong differences. Scott's work is tight and strongly plotted. Zelda's meanders a bit and is full of wild imag...more
A thorough overview of Mrs. FSF's literary efforts, including, most famously, her lone novel, SAVE ME THE WALTZ, plus several short stories and essays. The real interest for me is her little-known play, SCANDALABRA, disastrously produced in Baltimore in the mid-30s. It's an absurdist work that could have been a really interesting bit of experimentation had she been able to exert a bit more control of her material. The book is incomplete only because Zelda's final effort, CAESAR'S THINGS, remains...more
Pretty cool to have a definitive collection of Zelda's work. Her imagery is exciting and different, but given to strange trips and lost thoughts. A bit of a chore to read at times, but I go on because she was the silent partner in a literary collaboration. It willfully builds on the work of her famous husband, and is a commentary for her life and times in the spotlight. So, without her life being what it was, would her art be relevant? Or does it matter?
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, born Zelda Sayre, was a novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband "the first American Flapper". After the success of his first novel This Side of Paradise (1920), the Fitzgeralds became celebrities. The newspapers of New York saw them as embodiments of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties: young, rich, beautiful...moreMore about Zelda Fitzgerald...
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