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Zelda by Nancy Milford
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Sep 04, 12

bookshelves: 2012, bio, library
Read from August 28 to September 03, 2012

The legendary story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald is laid out in this biography of the troubled girl from Alabama. Between Zelda's mental instability and Scott's excessive drinking, no one, not even them, was really sure which came first. Did Scott's drinking make Zelda go crazy or did Zelda's unpredictable behavior cause Scott to drink? What is for sure is that Mrs. Fitzgerald provided a lot of material for Mr. Fitzgerald's novels at times even copying whole passages from her journals.

The biography itself was well written and well researched. Some may find it too in-depth, especially the parts where Zelda's novel and a couple of Scott's are detailed for a number of pages. Though I think Nancy Milford was showing the parallels between their lives and their writing. A must read for literature students.
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