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Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the… (edition 2012)
by Sally Cline (Author)
Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise by Sally Cline
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"According to legend, Zelda Fitzgerald was the mythical American Dream Girl of the Roaring Twenties. She was the archetypal Southern belle who became the "first American flapper," in the words of her husband, the quintessential novelist of the period, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Their romance coincided with the glamour and spectacle of the Jazz Age, and legend has it that when Zelda cracked up, not long after the stock market crash of 1929, Scott remained loyal to her despite her frequent later breakdowns and final madness." "Six years in the making, this powerful biography is the first on Zelda in more than thirty years. In it, Sally Cline presents a far more complex and controversial portrait, and an analysis of the Fitzgerald's marriage very different from what we have been told so far. The Zelda whom Cline reveals was a serious artist: a painter of extraordinary and disturbing vision, a talented dancer, and a witty and dazzlingly original writer whose words and work Scott used in his own novels - often verbatim but never acknowledged. When she moved into what Scott felt was his literary territory, he tried to stifle her voice." "Sally Cline brings us that authentic voice through Zelda's own highly autobiographical writings and through hundreds of letters she wrote to friends and family, publishers and others. Hitherto untapped sources, including medical evidence and interviews with Zelda's last psychiatrist, suggest that her "insanity" may have been less a specific clinical condition than the product of her treatment for schizophrenia and her husband's behavior toward her. Cline shows how Scott's alcoholism, too, was as destructive of Zelda and their marriage as it was of him." "In narrating Zelda's tumultuous life, Cline vividly evokes the circle of Jazz Age friends that included Edmund Wilson, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, and H. L. Mencken, as well as fellow Montgomery, Alabama, exiles Tallulah Bankhead and the writer Sarah Haardt. Her exhaustive research and incisive analysis animate a profoundly moving portrait of Zelda and provide a convincing context to her tragedy."--BOOK JACKET.
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2 editions of this book were published by Arcade Publishing.
Editions: 1611453046, 1611453984
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