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Zelda, an Illustrated Life: The Private World of Zelda Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda (1900-1948), was the model for his heroines and a celebrity in her own right, but little is known about her creative accomplishments. This autobiography aims to reveal her true nature and many talents. It traces the ups and downs of her life, from Alabama childhood to the glamorous years with Scott, whom she married when she was only 19, a ...more
Hardcover, 127 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by ABRAMS
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Samantha Glasser
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Zelda Fitzgerald is perhaps one of the most interesting wives of a famous historical figure. Not only was she a highly energetic, flirtatious woman, whose vibrant personality influenced her husband's writing, she was a ballerina, a writer, and an artist. Her art is perhaps the least known piece of her work and is presented here in top form.

Zelda's art is reflective of various styles, as the text acknowledges. Her undated work is hard to place because of this. Her work is reminiscent of Pablo Pic
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful collection of what remains of Zelda's paintings. Many were burned after her 1948 death, others are lost to private collections. But the best that remain are here in all their surreal, disturbing glory. Yes, it's hard to look at them and not see signs of her fabled breakdown. But the bulk of them---her best, anyway---date from after Scott's 1940 death and are actually prophetical rather than mentally ill. (No, those aren't the same things). The book comes with a lovely introduction by B ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Zelda as a work of art intrigues me. Her paintings don't. I find little of beauty in them although they may well be full of psychological indicators. The photos and postcards are luminously haunting and make reading this short book worthwhile.

This insightful quote by Scottie is included: "It was my mother's misfortune to be born with the ability to write, to dance and to paint, and then never to have acquired the discipline to make her talent work for, rather than against, her."
Randi Rathbun
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a nice book. It gives a nice peak into what her relationship was like with her husband that as a fan i have been questioning. It's nice to have actual facts. I adore zelda and her stories.
BC Batcheshire
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this vibrant display of Zelda Fitzgerald's surviving art, foremost because I am so enamored with her personality.
Zelda had a beautiful command of color and form, probably best understood if the viewer is informed of her experience in dance.
This book neatly supplies a concentrated and concise overview of Zelda's life without doing so much lip service to her husband's memory.
The star is permitted her free range and her work is considered without her spouse's constant orbit.
With this dedica
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography
Zelda, an Illustrated Life is a concise, interesting look at what remains of Zelda Fitzgerald's art. The biographical details are vibrant and varied enough to paint a lively portrait of Zelda to preface her works, and allows for a deeper look into her art. I'm quite sure there is no one with such a unique stamp on all her work as Zelda, whether it's her prose, her dedication to ballet in her late 20s, or her dedication to creating original works of art, everything is utterly hers. I find it so i ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary, biography, art
Wife to the more famous F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald was an impressive visual artist, and this book, edited by her artist granddaugher, Eleanor Lanahan, was the first to compile some of Zelda's visual artwork for publication. Glimpses of Zelda's impressive intellect and drive are seen here, but you cannot appreciate the depth of her talent without some background in her beyond-tragic life. I suggest this in tandem with Sally Cline's meticulously researched Zelda Fitzgerald Her Voice in ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hemingway reading has lead me to the "other" of the "Lost Generation" of American Artists who came of age as expats in Paris during the 1920's.

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald occupy a solid space in that era and their colorful youth certainly held the interest of a generation. Their creative talents go beyond the "Great Gatsby" and in this book, is an interesting tale of the psychologically unstable and multi-talented Zelda.

140 illustrations that share her perspective in an informed and interesting
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to discover a truly amazing woman
Shelves: fave-of-all-time
I truly love Zelda Fitzgerald - she was a troubled gorgeous soul who actually wrote quite a few of her husband's stories, but lived in a time when her chaotic genius truly could never be realised. An astounding painter, a dancer, a belle of the socialite scene, and yet also something of a bad girl, she loved passionately and gave all of herself to everything she ever did..
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
i can't say i love zelda's paintings, but they certainly are interesting to look at. after only having read about her painting and how important it was to her personally, it fills in some blanks to get to see it. the paper dolls she made for scottie are very dear, and i liked reading the introduction by her granddaughter.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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Zelda's granddaughter published a compilation of her artwork, mostly watercolors and paper dolls. This book helped round out the personality of Zelda Fitzgerald. I'd read that she had pursued art and considered herself an artist but I couldn't really see it until I saw her work. My favorites were her city scapes of New York and Paris.
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Terrific visuals of Zelda Fitzgerald's surprising and remarkable paintings.
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