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Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read May 18, 2018 to July 23, 2018.

“I’m rarely wrong in matters of narration, “ -F. Scott Fitzgerald (1936).

Fitzgerald’s self-assessment is both generous and accruate. But despite a meteoric debut novel and a prodigious volume of short stories, his torrid personal life continues to fascinate the American public as much as—and in some cases, more than—his fiction ever did.
His courtship and marriage to Zelda Zayre has been well-documented by scholars and gossip columnists alike. The couple’s subsequent descent into ruin has been a treasure trove for academics, readers and commentators since his death in 1941 at 42.
Fitzgerald’s quote above pertained to a story Zelda had sent him from her psychiatric hospital (from Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald). Although deep in debt, alone and unwell, Scott made sure to read her work and provide honest feedback. There are at least twelve letters from Scott dedicated to his wife's work, mental state and financial status.

Fitzgerald loved her and she him--and despite the naysayers and commentators around them--remained married until their deaths.

There were no secrets between the Fitzgeralds.

A marriage between a man of letters and a woman who spoke her mind left no room for them. That said, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelnda manages to give the reader a deep, account of their lives, although many of Scott's letters were destroyed, we're left with more than enough to keep us satisfied.


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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
April 15, 2017 – Shelved
April 15, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 18, 2018 – Started Reading
May 25, 2018 –
page 27
May 30, 2018 –
page 45
July 23, 2018 – Finished Reading

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