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The Collected Writings

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  204 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This comprehensive collection of Zelda Fitzgerald's work puts the jazz-age heroine in illuminating literary perspective.Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald has long been perceived as the tragic "other half" of the Scott and Zelda legend. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, this southern belle turned flapper was talented in dance, painting, and writing but lived in the shadow of her husband's ...more
Published December 9th 1993 by Abacus (first published January 1st 1991)
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Isla McKetta
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
I've read a lot of this in other versions. Save me the waltz is amazing. It's great for my collection so I have all the magazine stories now. Intro by Scottie is priceless in itself. A must have for Fitzgerald fans.
Katie Winkler
Really enjoying this. I can't believe I've never read Zelda's work. Her play Scandalabra is very funny!
The novel "Save Me the Waltz" had a lot of promise, but it seems that Zelda's more famous husband tried to hold her back to save his massive ego. Had she been alive today, Zelda could have received better medical care for her condition and probably topped her hubby in sales. (Turns out even Hemingway might have been intimidated by her talent also and that was why he bullied her.)
While a lot of Zelda's prose is quite zany, I found her literary voice to be unique with a style all its own. Not all
Hannah Engel
I really wanted to like her because I love her husband but I was sad to find that trying to get through a single sentence was miserable. I kind of feel like I just didn't get it? I made it about half way through Save Me the Waltz and was super bored and confused. Then I moved onto short stories thinking they might be easier to get through. Wrong. They were equally as bad. She's an interesting woman but her writing did not live up to my expectations.
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
Rebecca Dunbar
Having already read the turgid 'Save Me the Waltz', I bought this collection to read Zelda's play, Scandelabra, short stories and magazine articles, all of which were very enjoyable to read and offered a valuable insight into the literary talents of Zelda Fitzgerald.
La raccolta più completa delle opere di Zelda, purtroppo disponibile unicamente in lingua inglese. Per la ricercatezza e la complessità del registro stilistico, il volume non si presta alla lettura rilassante. Personalmente ho riscontrato non poche difficoltà nello sciogliere le intricate figure retoriche e nell’interpretare al meglio l’originale slang della donna del jazz.
I tried to read this, but the prose was so dense that it was nearly impossible to comprehend.
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's work is completely unlike that of her husband's clean economical style. "Save me the Waltz" is scattered, visceral and unkempt. Her prose have the spontaneous nature of jazz, and benefit from the sincere avant-garde beauty that comes from being without the artifice of structure.
I thought that it was a really interesting collection of stories. It made me wonder (during undergrad) about her state of mind and the bipolarness of her writing.
"Save Me the Waltz" four stars. Rest of collection three stars.
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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 ...more
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