Behind every great man . . . This is the fascinating story of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, best known as the "first American flapper" wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was a popular southern belle who enjoyed flouting convention and married Fitzgerald when she was twenty years old just at the same time his first book was being published. The young couple became the toast of New York, drank a lot, lived a wild life with their literary friends and moved to Paris and the French Riviera. Zelda was a wonderful writer in her own right, Scott thought so too and helped himself to portions of her diaries and letters for his books and stories. This did not go over well, Zelda became resentful (of course) and desperate to find something artistic to do that was only hers but without much support from her husband. I loved this book, it's real and it's history. I read somewhere that Zelda was the inspiration for the song Witchy Woman by the Eagles. "Sparks fly from her fingertips."
Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford. 464 pages. Paperback.