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The Collected Writings

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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
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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
Sylvia Sierra
May 29, 2016 Sylvia Sierra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated the chance to read all of Zelda's writing in one place, and going into it I had admittedly low expectations that were far exceeded. Reading her novel, included in this collection, was very enlightening and touching. It tells her side of her story - its her own life in her own words, and her writing is intuitive, descriptive, and at times devastating. It did seem clear that it was incomplete, however, it just seemed like it wasn't quite all there, which we know is likely the ...more
K
Aug 22, 2015 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a worthwhile book to read, but it's definitely not an easy one. It seems that Zelda had two distinct writing voices. The majority of the writing is done in the convoluted one, unfortunately. Her letters to Scott and her magazine articles had the clearest voice. The latter ballet half of "Save Me the Waltz" was something I enjoyed as well. The imagery and characters were all always pretty good, although reading the short stories together starts to render a certain same-ness. I app ...more
Karen
Sep 01, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 25, 2011 Katie Winkler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying this. I can't believe I've never read Zelda's work. Her play Scandalabra is very funny!
Joanne J
Mar 21, 2017 Joanne J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to believe how Zelda has been short-changed in literary circles. Compared to Samuel Beckett, I would much rather read Zelda. But she has to be read like poetry. Her writing is different, challenging, but uniquely creative. She deserves a place in the lexicon. I wish she had had the courage to go out on her own, leaving her husband to his demons.
Feisty Harriet
It is really hard for me to rank this book which includes Zelda's novel, "Save Me the Waltz," and a play, "Scandalabra," and a few short stories. I personally thought "Scandalabra" was hilarious, her dialog and stage direction are flawless (with a few iffy bits of the actual plot). The novel, however, seems....tortured. She seems tortured. The story is highly autobiographical and deals with Alabama (Zelda) as she and her artist husband travel around the US, then to Europe, with their young daugh ...more
Kirk
Jan 01, 2008 Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gabriela
May 07, 2015 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to finish Save Me the Waltz but this comprehensive collection is a great read to contrast between Zelda's and Scott's writing, not even 100% since her writing was influenced by Scott but it does give the reader a correct thought. Though they both heavily incorporate material from their lives, Zelda differentiates from Scott because of her wild use of imagery which at times can be difficult to understand. Her writing is very dense but undeniably unique.

From the collection, I most enjo
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Sara
Apr 09, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mandi Bean
Zelda Fitzgerald clearly had talent as a writer. However, her moments of lucidity are few and far between, so reading her novel became a chore; it was tiresome, frustrating, and often confusing. She wrote beautiful albeit rambling prose that reads wonderfully but is near impossible to comprehend. The collection is outstanding because it offers a layered and complex look at Mrs. Fitzgerald. It's fascinating and tragic to explore her troubled mind.

Readers are often split between Scott and Zelda. I
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Shiloh
Jan 27, 2011 Shiloh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Hannah
Mar 24, 2015 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sara
Aug 26, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

http://zeldasroom.wordpress.com/2014/...
Christine
Jul 06, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca Dunbar
Jun 23, 2014 Rebecca Dunbar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Charity
"Save Me the Waltz" four stars. Rest of collection three stars.
Shaun
Nov 30, 2009 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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