Acclaimedbiographer Nancy Milford brings to life the tormented, elusive personality ofZelda Sayre and clarifies as never before her relationship with F. ScottFitzgerald, tracing the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing womanundone by the clash between her husband's career and her own talent. Zelda was an instant touchstone forcreatively ...
Acclaimedbiographer Nancy Milford brings to life the tormented, elusive personality ofZelda Sayre and clarifies as never before her relationship with F. ScottFitzgerald, tracing the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing womanundone by the clash between her husband's career and her own talent. Zelda was an instant touchstone forcreatively inspired readers after its initial publication in 1983; Patti Smithhails it in her autobiography, Just Kids, recalling how "reading the story of Zelda Fitzgerald by Nancy Milford, Iidentified with her mutinous spirit." Now, the penetrating biography of one oftwentieth century literature's most misunderstood figures--a book the New York Times calls "profound, overwhelmingly moving . . . [and] a richly complex love story" is availableagain in a handsome paperback edition from Harper Perennial.
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Thanks to the book,"The Paris Wife", I began reading more about the times( between the wars), the other writers and their lives. I had read a good many of the writers 30 years ago,(Fitzgerald, Hemingway,etc) but it was good to revisit.Once I encountered Zelda I wanted to find out more about her..
The book was well written and fascinating. Such an insight into a co dependent relationship! Zelda was an interesting, intelligent, (certainly over the top!) and very talented woman .Some of her own writing is exquisite. Pity Scott gobbled her up for his own writing. How intriguing humanity is! I had great empathy for Zelda, but the intensity of that relationship makes me shudder.
The book is a valuable contribution to the history of literature, psychology, and psychiatry, and much more.
Aug 4, 2009
I never thought I'd even want to read about Zelda Fitzgerald because I read all about Hemingway first and he didn't like her and I admit that influenced my opinion of her. Then one day I read that she died in a fire in mental hospital. That piqued my interest so I bought the book and am glad to say was not disappointed. I still don't "like" Zelda, but do understand her as a person more because of this extremely detailed book. It is one of the better biographies I've ever read. F.Scott Fitzgerald is part of the package of course. After reading Zelda, I don't feel the need to read his bio, Nancy Milford has told me everything I ever wanted to know about him too. I like reading about the 20's and all those glamourous Americans abroud in the years between the wars. This book gives you all the details, and I was not surprised at all that none of them really had as grand a time as the pictures make it look. What a price they all paid for all the debauchery. I liked the book, it provoked a sense of pity for this fragile, mentally ill china doll that was Zelda. I won't read it again, not because it's not good, but because it is more of an educational book than one I turn to for pleasure. It is the most thourough book I've read on life between the wars.
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