Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jazz Age's High Priestess

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Zelda Fitzgerald was the mythical American Dream Girl of the Roaring Twenties who became, in the words of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, “the first American flapper.” Their romance transformed a symbol of glamour and spectacle of the Jazz Age. When Zelda cracked up, not long after the stock market crash of 1929, Scott remained loyal to her through a nightmare of later breakdowns and final madness.

Sally Cline brings us a trenchantly authentic voice through Zelda’s own highly ...

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Overview

Zelda Fitzgerald was the mythical American Dream Girl of the Roaring Twenties who became, in the words of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, “the first American flapper.” Their romance transformed a symbol of glamour and spectacle of the Jazz Age. When Zelda cracked up, not long after the stock market crash of 1929, Scott remained loyal to her through a nightmare of later breakdowns and final madness.

Sally Cline brings us a trenchantly authentic voice through Zelda’s own highly autobiographical writings and hundreds of letters she wrote to friends and family, publishers and others. New 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 the treatment she endured for schizophrenia and her husband’s devastating alcoholism. 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. Her exhaustive research and incisive analysis animate a profoundly moving portrait of Zelda and provide a convincing context to the legacy of her tragedy.

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Editorial Reviews

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Cline imbues her scenes with revelatory detail.”
The Washington Post Book World
“Sally Cline succeeds in breathing fresh life into this jazz-age icon in her meticulously documented and eminently readable biography.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611453041
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 381,292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Cline is an award-winning writer and scholar and the author of twelve books, including biographies of Zelda Fitzgerald and Radclyffe Hall. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    WOW! Excellant!

    I started out reading the Paris Wife about Ernest Hemingways years in Paris with his first wife Hadley. I was swept up in a whirlwind....reading several of Ernest Hemingways books. Because of his friendship with J. Scott Fitzgerald I was then led on a journey of wanting to devour more about the jazz age.
    This was a very deep, heartfelt tale into the lives of two remarkably talented people. Zelda was a true feminist fighting a battle that at that in those years was hard to win. A wonderful insite into the male dominated society of that time.
    Read also...
    Z...The story of Zelda Fitgerald

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    Navi

    Well im sorry i cant cuz 4 some reason im locked out of all the stuff i posted in before today

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