Zelda Fitzgerald


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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948), born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband "the first American Flapper". After the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), the Fitzgeralds became celebrities. The newspapers of New York saw them as... more »

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  • ''Women sometimes seem to share a quiet, unalterable dogma of persecution that endows even the most sophisticated of them with the inarticulate poignancy of the peasant.''
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Save Me the Waltz, ch. 2 (1932).
  • ''Mr. Fitzgerald—I believe that is how he spells his name—seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home.''
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. quoted in Nancy Milford, Zelda, pt. 2, ch. 7 (1970). "The Beautiful and the Damned," Tribune (New York, Apr...
  • ''It's very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled "the past," and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.''
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Alabama Beggs, in Save Me the Waltz, ch. 4, sct. 3 (1932).
  • ''We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.''
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Alabama Beggs, in Save Me the Waltz, ch. 4, sect. 3 (1932).
  • ''Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?''
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Alabama Beggs, in Save Me the Waltz, ch. 4, sct. 3 (1932).
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