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This excellent biography presents the joys, hopes, and sadness in Zelda Fitzgerald's life. Eclipsed by her husband, F. Scott, Zelda desperately tries to accomplish something significant herself. The biography describes their happy youth, their falling in love, and their happy-go-lucky life style early in their marriage. But things were wrong way deep.
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Zelda had a way with words. The author believes F. Scott plagiarized much of Zelda's words. The author thinks F. Scott felt that Zelda had a talent with words but no skill at constructing a novel. F. Scott wanted all Zelda's notes and diaries for his own novels. This was the beginning of trouble for the Fitzgeralds.

Zelda studied ballet, hoping to make a career of dancing, but was never good enough. She had a chance to star, along with F. Scott, in a movie rendition of his "This Side of Paradise," but F. Scott nixed it. Frustrated, and probably having a hereditary weakness, Zelda finally lost her sanity. She spent most of her adult life in mental hospitals. This sobering book gives the reader a very intimate look at the difficult lives of both Zelda and F. Scott.

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Family, hate    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband The difficult family member    -   disapproves of datemate/spouse Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   mental illness

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally Ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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