Zelda by Nancy Milford
A Biography (P.S.)

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Zelda Sayre started out as a Southern beauty, became an international wonder, and died by fire in a madhouse. With her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, she moved in a golden aura of excitement, romance, and promise. The epitome of the Jazz Age, they rode the crest of the era to its collapse and their own.

As a result of years of exhaustive research, Nancy Milford brings alive the tormented, elusive personality of Zelda and clarifies as never before her relationship with Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda traces the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing woman, torn by the clash between her husband’s career and her own talent.


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Nancy Milford was born in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan. She published Zelda, her first book, in 1970. She holds both the M.A. and the Ph.D. from Columbia University where Zelda was her dissertation. It is now published in 11 languages. She has held a Guggenheim Fellowship in Biography, and has served on the boards of the Author's Guild, The Society of American Historians, Inc., and The Writers Room, of which she is a founder. She has also received visiting fellowships to Yale and Princeton Universities, been named a President's Fellow at Columbia University, and taught at Vassar, Bard, and Simon's Rock at Bard College.
Published April 30, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 466 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A rummy married to a crazy""—that was Hemingway's remark about the Fitzgeralds although nothing that incisive nor inelegant appears here in Mrs. Milford's long, ladylike and regrettably styleless (she's a very slack writer) story of Zelda which is drawn from a good deal of new material and ...

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At the crucial moment in The Paris Wife, Paula McLain has Hadley Hemingway remember an article her mother wrote in the New Republic arguing “that a wife who enjoyed sexual activity wasn’t any better than a prostitute.” (The article’s referenced in Michael Reynolds’ biography The Young Hemingway.)...

Dec 05 2014 | Read Full Review of Zelda: A Biography (P.S.)


Collins writes that Fitzgerald “was so often the self-confessed ‘woman’ of his marriage,” and that he “appears to have suspected that he himself was the true homosexual in his choice of vocation.” Collins goes on to show that Fitzgerald accepted the possibility of his own homosexuality but viewed...

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