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F.Scott Fitzgerald & Zelda ~ a little madness

Updated on August 30, 2017

The Author and the Man

Not too many things are sadder than believing you failed in the end.. but that is what F. Scott Fitzgerald thought. His wife Zelda and he had a difficult relationship. Mental illness haunted her and I would think that effected his end as well. He died soo young. His brilliance is ours in books but that is ours and he has passed. With his life ending so soon, we are also left with the blaring message that life is precious. Depending on your focus your life's focus can be up or down. You can if you choose have a feeling that you are not worth much in this life. You can rise to the occasion to meet life's challenges head on and be everything you dream too. Fitzgerald felt like a failure at the end... how sad. Take note that his life ending with the feeling of failure was simply not true. F Scott Fitzgerald used his creative energies to perform wonderful treasures with pen on paper. He wrote with the passion of who he was. Passion sometimes feels misleading at times, can carry us off into directions our heart if not prepared for though. It is all about the journey as they say. Zelda and F Scott did have a wild time of it, parties galore that lasted for days. Mental illness is a sneaky snake though so perhaps it took hold in the end and disrupted the final party. Sometimes tragedy is a welcome lover though so who can say what success really is. Art often carries with it a price, loyal to ones inner demons. Mixed with alcohol that road can feel vacant.



Born: September 24, 1896

St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Died: December 21, 1940 (aged 44)

Hollywood, California, U.S.

Occupation: Novelist, screenwriter

Nationality: American

Writing period: 1920-1940

Genres: Literary fiction

Literary movement: Modernism

Debut works: This Side of Paradise (1920)

Influenced: Michael Chabon, John Cheever, J. D. Salinger

The dominant influences on F. Scott Fitzgerald were aspiration, literature, Princeton, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol.




as you enjoy my lens about F.Scott Fitzgerarld

"The Last Unicorn" somehow to me? Felt appropriate. I guess I could have added music from his era but my heart leaned towards this one.

(you can also purchase the music and video of "The Last Unicorn" down on the page. Smile.)

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.


Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.


Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.


Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.


Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.


First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.


For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.


Forgotten is forgiven.


Quick, what do you think of F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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Does it Take a Tragedy to Create Well?

Does it Take a Tragedy to Create Well? Do you need a sad story in your own heart to relate to ... to produce good art in any form?

Does it take a tragedy to create great art?

Headlock - Imogen Heap

TURN ON A BIT MORE MUSIC... I can just feel Zelda dancing.

"Enforced inactivity maddens me beyond endurance." ~Zelda Fitzgerald

F Scott was a bit cotrolling...

The Literary Genius of F Scott Fitzgerald - Part Four - by Russell Shortt

Some insight into the Fitzgerald's relationship:

It is true that Zelda was not the most steadying influence in Fitzgerald's life but it would be a fallacy to depict it in such a way as to suggest that Fitzgerald's demise was completely related to Zelda. Fitzgerald was well capable of destroying the greatness of Fitzgerald all by himself. In essence, the marriage had both a positive and negative effect on Fitzgerald's writings. For Zelda was the man's muse, or at least one of them, he fed off her crazy way of life and her extravagant, obsessive and inflated ways but it became to much and eventually it swallowed him and his writings up.

He and Zelda's expensive lifestyle far outweighed the income that he was deriving from his writings, indeed none of his novels had sold near the same as his 1920 debut This Side of Paradise. He eventually finished The Great Gatsby and it was published in April 1925, it was to be later hailed as Fitzgerald's masterpiece and is touted by many as being the Great American novel but it was not regarded so upon it's release, selling fewer than twenty-five thousand copies during the writer's life.

Fitzgerald himself thought it his masterpiece, it was narrated by Nick Carraway, a young man who becomes drawn into the lives of his wealthy neighbors. One in particular, the mysterious Jay Gatsby begins to really peak Nick's interest while he attends his raucous, bizarre and lavish parties which the host himself rarely attends. Gatsby and Nick strike up a friendship, it is revealed that Gatsby is in love with Nick's cousin Daisy Buchanan and wishes to meet her, which he does and they embark on an affair. However, disaster strikes all parties when Gatsby and Daisy accidentally kill Daisy's husband's mistress which results in her husband murdering Gatsby!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Russell Shortt is a travel consultant with Exploring Ireland, the leading specialists in customized, private escorted tours, escorted coach tours and independent self drive tours of Ireland.

Read parts 1-3 at, Mr Russell Shortt's TRAVEL website. -

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The Last Unicorn music and dvd's - Uplifting isn't it?


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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      squidangel blessings for f.scott fitzgerald

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      the great gatsby was and still is a great read.

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @julieannbrady: F Scott your fav in HS? cool. I remember being affected by the book "Zelda", her life ended so sadly.

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      7 years ago

      Do you know that F. Scott Fitzgerald was my "first" favorite author when I was entering high school?

    • Anthony Altorenna profile image

      Anthony Altorenna 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Great lens. I've only read The Great Gatsby, but I've read it several times and enjoy it more with each re-read. And I'll read it again before seeing the movie.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      great lens! I know a little girl named Zelda, seems like the name might be coming back into fashion!

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Love to hear from people... !!




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