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Biography Review: "Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald"

Updated on May 4, 2017
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Portrait of a Young Zelda Fitzgerald - One of the Most Famous Flappers of All Time!

This portrait of Zelda Fitzgerald was done when she was 17.  Who would have known that she was soon to become one of the most infamous flappers of the 1920's?  However, although she was not yet famous when this photo was taken, she was eccentric!
This portrait of Zelda Fitzgerald was done when she was 17. Who would have known that she was soon to become one of the most infamous flappers of the 1920's? However, although she was not yet famous when this photo was taken, she was eccentric! | Source

Zelda Inspired the Books of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Have you ever read "The Great Gatsby" or watched one of the excellent movies made from the book during the past few decades? When you read the story of Gatsby and his obsession with the reckless, fun-loving Daisy, then you will have caught a glimpse into the real-life Zelda who was the wife and muse of early 20th Century author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Long before she met Scott Fitzgerald, an aspiring writer, Zelda was a spirited young woman whose behavior sometimes shocked her friends and family. Once Scott published his first novel and the two of them were married, Zelda began to make headlines around the world.

In some ways, Zelda was the original flapper of the 1920s. She bobbed her hair, discarded her long dresses in favor or short ones, drank, smoked and partied with wild abandon no matter where the two of them were ... on Long Island, in New York City, Paris or one of the other major European cities where they caroused. The more headlines she made, the more young women around the world wanted to emulate her.

By the time Scott Fitzgerald wrote "The Great Gatsby," Zelda had begun the portion of her life where she lived for years at a time in a mental institution. When she read "Gatsby," Zelda wrote a letter to her husband, chastising him for stealing portions of his book from her journals. To both of them, Daisy was more than a fictional character ... she was Zelda.

If you love to read about the Roaring Twenties, prohibition, and fascinating women, you will almost certainly enjoy this in-depth story of the infamous Zelda Fitzgerald, a fascinating and somewhat tragic young woman whose life still touches us today.

This is the One Novel About Zelda Fitzgerald That You Will Want to Read "Z"

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

I loved this historical novel about Zelda Fitzgerald ... the most famous flapper of the 1920's, and the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Although it is called a novel, it is based on what we know about her well-documented life.

She lived a whirlwind life in her youth and spent much of her later years living in a mental hospital. You will be fascinated by her life story ... at times uplifting and exciting, at other times tragic.

Even before she knew Scott Fitzgerald, however, Zelda was already considered a bit of a character in her hometown. Young, beautiful and eccentric, in some ways Zelda was more interesting than Scott Fitzgerald, himself.


Zelda Fitzgerald Was Also a Writer

Zelda was more than just the unconventional wife of beloved author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was also a fascinating woman and an author in her own right. She, to, was a prolific writer.

The book, "Zelda," also quotes extensively from her letters and published works.

Zelda and Scott had an unusual marriage. While he went on to form a long-term relationship with another woman, he remained married to Zelda for decades. During that time, they were prolific letter writers. Thank goodness that they lived before email, or all these precious letters might have been lost to posterity.

Theirs is certainly an interesting love story. In addition to their unique personal stories, both of them were icons who had a tremendous effect on American culture, especially during the 1920s.

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have read several books about Zelda Fitzgerald and have found her to be one of the most fascinating women from the early part of the 20th Century. She had a huge impact on young women across the U.S. and it is still interesting to read about her today.


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