Behind The Books…F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald

 Fitzgerald in Brooks Brothers

F. Scott and Zelda’s excessive and lavish lifestyle celebrated the 1920’s in a way that seemed as real as a fiction novel could be to ordinary folk.

Zelda influenced many of the female characters F. Scott wrote about…

She was the first flapper…

“From her cropped hair to her bare shoulders and ankles, Zelda embraced the avant-garde air of ’20s style, and used it to express her outgoing personality.

Zelda’s loose-fitting garments highlighted her forward-thinking frame of mind. They were the antithesis to the corset, the socially accepted norm for womenswear in the early 1900s.”

“Zelda and Scott jumping into the Union Square Fountain, riding on top of taxis, passing out together after getting plastered at a party. They were the golden couple of a golden age.”

From the climax of life the couple shared the decline was just as dramatic…F. Scott Fitzgerald died 

The lifestyles they led emulating fictitious characters carried even further than parties and galavanting. 

Ironically, Fitzgerald’s funeral was much like the funeral of his most famous protagonist: Jay Gatsby. It was raining on both accounts, and disregarded by most.

“F. Scott Fitzgerald died believing himself a failure.”…
Celebrate what you have while you have it
and live each moment as if it will all disappear tomorrow…because it can.

“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self-respect and it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all that she should be. But of course the real reason is that I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything. You’re still a Catholic but Zelda’s the only God I have left now.” 

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1920


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