Novel Zelda Fitzgerald ebook
I would like to say, at the beginning of this review, that, although I am a Vine Reviewer, I bought this book myself, and I am reviewing it, not because I have to but because I want to.
I fell in love with Scott Fitzgerald's writing the summer I was 14. I have continued to love his books and stories for fifty years. One story, "The Cut Glass Bowl" stopped me from ever having cut glass in my home. Now I find that some of that writing I have read and reread may not have been written by F. Scott himself, but by the woman who has been insulted and treated as a madwoman for so many years, his wife, Zelda. It's strange, but many of his short stories always seemed to have a feminine ring to them. I thought it was me, but it may have has more of a foundation than that. Theresa Anne Fowler has written an extremely readable and informative book which I think should be required reading for any Fitzgerald fan or anyone else looking for a good read..
Ms. Fowler covers the years 1918 to 1940 telling the story of the Fitzgerald marriage, even after there was no marriage. I wondered, as I read, "A Moveable Feast" years ago how Hadley Hemingway felt about Ernest, wandering around, enjoying Paris while she stayed home with their son. We learned some answers in "The Paris Wife". Now we have the answers to the same question about Zelda Fitzgerald. Each of these women was talented in her own right, but they each put those talents aside to worship at the altar of their husband's fame. In the end, each was rewarded with poor treatment by those famous men. Hemingway's attitude seemed to be that his wife could be ignored and stepped over. However, Fitzgerald's cruelty was a conscious effort to undermine Zelda whenever her obvious writing talent seemed to compete with his own writings.
After reading some of the writing, honestly, attributed to Zelda, I became interested in reading any of her works which had been published. I found a collected works in Amazon's inventory. However, alas, the professional reviews by the usual suspects described her work as mediocre and an attempt to compete with her illustrious husband. This is, in spite of the fact, that it is now recognized that Zelda contributed to some of Scott's work and, as this book reveals, had work published under his name because of his "star quality", shame, shame. The author has included an afterward or writer's note in this book, but she left one fact out. The Fitzgerald's daughter Scottie won a Pulitzer Prize for her book on Vietnam, "The Fire in the Lake". One wonders now from which side of her family the talent to write such a book came.
I have read "The Far Side of Paradise" as well as a couple of other biographies of this couple. If you have also done so, I think this book is a "must read" for you. Also, with the issue of a new "Gatsby" film and interest from Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris", it might be time for a publisher to correct the harm which has been done to Zelda's image by releasing a new volume of collected works. If not, do read this book. It will leave a void in your reading experience not to do so.