Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Zelda

My father grew up in Montgomery, and once when he was ill Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald read him a story. She was beautiful and crazy, and her life is a tragic romance... Her husband loved her dearly, and she him, and he wrote once, "...For what she has really suffered, there is never a sober night that I do not pay a stark tribute of an hour to in the darkness."



At 2:28 PM, July 24, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Not a fan of Scott as a human being, although my heart breaks for Zelda.

He plagiarized whole chunks of her exquisite letters and diaries from during their courtship in "This Side of Paradise."

Some believe Scott was actually crazier than Zelda, but in those days men held far more legal power than women, so he was able to get her committed. His "love" for her was surely tainted as well by his long-running, notorious affair with Sheilah Graham.

Trivium: Actress Sigourney (née Susan) Weaver adopted her stage name from Scott's misspelling of Seigneur Fay in his dedication of "This Side of Paradise." Scott later also named a minor character in "Gatsby" Mrs. Sigourney Howard. BTW, Scott was an atrocious speller, so his MSs required extensive copy editing :-(

At 10:21 AM, July 27, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

This sounds fun!

"Book World review: ‘Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter’ wittily chronicles 20th century":


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