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Zelda Sayre started out as a Southern beauty, became an international wonder, and died by fire in a madhouse. With her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, she moved in a golden aura of excitement, romance, and promise. The epitome of the Jazz Age, they rode the crest of the era to its collapse and their own.
As a result of years of exhaustive research, Nancy Milford brings alive the tormented, elusive personality of Zelda and clarifies as never before her relationship with Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda traces the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing woman, torn by the clash between her husband’s career and her own talent.
Nancy Milford holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University where Zelda was her dissertation. She has held a Guggenheim Fellowship in Biography, and has served on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Society of American Historians, and the Writers Room, of which she is a founder. Her most recent book is Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay. She lives in Manhattan.
This is a well written account of Zelda's life and her relationship with her husband, Scott Fitzgerald.
It is informative, but could have been 150 pages shorter and still not suffered, if the author would have omitted the large portions she includes from Zelda's novels.
Zelda was so ahead of her time and her way of speaking and writing which the author so beautifully captures is a language in and of itself.
Overburdened with extensive quotes from Zelda's writings and correspondence. This detracts from the story of her ordeal and breakdowns.Published 1 month ago by Jwbenson
like to know biography of Zelda but this one was to dragging couldn't wait for get to the end.Published 1 month ago by Abraham Lederman
The story dragged on and on with the contents of the books/articles written by scott and zelda. it could have been a lot shorter with just the story of her life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amparo F. O'Leary
A continuous dialog of dysfunction in relationships, alcohol and career. It's much too dreary to exceed 400 pages; I'll take the lovely movie images of "Gatsby" as a pleasant... Read morePublished 2 months ago by annieo
Such a tragic story! The Fitzgeralds were just not good for each other, and she was a victim of the times also--women were not supposed to be so outspoken--and her actual talent... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy C Wilson
Very interesting and insightful look into an interesting person with mental health issues. Zelda was really a tragic female figure, and her mental health issues did not heal in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jbirdiegirl
I found the first two sections of the book interesting, taking me into the glittering world of literati expatriates, an especially self-indulgent environment it seems to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rev. Judith Kelsey-Powell