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The Romantic Egoists: A Pictorial Autobiography from the Scrapbooks and Albums of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Paperback – December 8, 2003
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About the Author
SCOTTIE FITZGERALD SMITH (19211986) was the only child of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. She worked on the staffs of Time and the New Yorker and wrote for the New York Times and the Washington Post. Smith considered The Romantic Egoists her ultimate tribute to her parents.
The late JOAN P. KERR (19211996), a founding editor of American Heritage magazine, was a specialist in American art and photography.
Top Customer Reviews
The Fitzgeralds' daughter, Scottie, had a major role in the compilation and preparation of this book, which originally was published in 1974. It was re-issued in this paperback edition in 2003.
For those who already are familiar with the lives of Scott and Zelda and their place in American cultural history, this is an interesting, perhaps even fascinating, book. But it does not make for a particularly good introduction to the Fitzgeralds. (For that, I recommend "Scott Fitzgerald", by Andrew Turnbull.) Like most family scrapbooks or photo albums (have they now gone the way of the rotary dial telephone?), it is a hodgepodge, with only a faint narrative story-line. Moreover, the layout is too chaotic and the quality of many of the reproductions ranges from middling to poor.
But, again, there is plenty to attract and reward the attention of the Fitzgerald enthusiast.Read more ›
It's mostly pictures, clippings, Zelda's art, wires and correspondence, and other personal memorabilia, but a wonderful companion after you read some of his work, or any of their biographies.
What is most admirable about "The Romantic Egoists" is that The Fitzgeralds were so honest with themselves. The negative reviews of their writing--and Zelda was a writer, too--appear alongside the glowing ones. A truly vicious article which appeared in the New York Post at the time of Scott's 40th birthday in 1936, when he was at his lowest ebb, is dutifully pasted down just as if it were a plaudit or puff piece. Scott's financial ledgers, which he began keeping early in his career, are meticulous. They dispel the myth that he was a hopeless drunk who never had more than a nickel in the bank. There are chapter headings with summaries including year-by-year entries highlighting the main events in the Fitzgeralds' lives, but apart from them the story is told in Scott's and Zelda's words only.
The first printing of this book was a hardcover edition, published in 1974 in a larger format. This paperback edition is a little smaller, but all the same information is here that was in the original.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fun and sad - need a magnifying glass to see some of the items - two incredible people that crashed and burned - they seem almost like the family next door looking at their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DS
An amazing look into their lives and done in such interactive way. Got more out this with pictures and news paper clippings then I would just a normal biography. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bmazing
Very beautiful portrait of both F. Scott and Zelda separately and together. Filled with newspaper clippings and reviews and lots of photographs. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ashley D
Gorgeous book. As an English teacher and huge fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, I found this really interesting. So glad I purchased it!Published 18 months ago by Melissa
I purchased this book as a gift for my daughter who is a huge fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda as well. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Julia L Culbreth