More than 70 years after his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work is still very much alive. “The Great Gatsby” has been introduced to a whole new generation with the latest film, leading people to pick up a novel that was written in 1925.
But who was the woman behind the author? Who was Fitzgerald’s muse — and some think — demise? Who was Zelda?
Author Therese Anne Fowler brings to life Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, with her novel “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” in hopes to “bring a maligned, talented, troubled woman the justice she deserves.”
Fowler uses research and her imagination to piece together the tragic love story of Zelda and Scott, that started with a meeting in 1918. Then Zelda was a beautiful Southern belle and Scott a young Army lieutenant.
The story is told through the troubled life of the Jazz Age icon, from her young love for Scott to her hatred of Ernest Hemingway. The novel offers a personal and interesting glimpse into what might have been.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary works are still well known today, but Zelda too was a writer in her own right, and often had to fight for the credit and respect always awarded to her husband.
If you know the Fitzgerald saga, you know how this novel ends — a tragic finale to their love and life.
To read more about this fascinating novel or to learn more about the author, visit Fower’s website.
“I don’t want to live — I want to love first, and live incidentally.” — Zelda Fitzgerald