On her would-be 114th birthday, a call to immortalize one of literature’s most heatedly discussed heroines for her artistic successes, not her suffering.
I got my copy for a birthday present but looking at copies online it is surprisingly expensive. The collected writings on amazon is $25 new, Powell’s has it at $35, and Books A Million has it for $30. Powell’s has just Save Me the Waltz for $15.50 and I didn’t find it on amazon or Books A Million.
I wouldn’t say it was a hard read, except maybe emotionally (because you know it is autobiographical and you can feel her pain and heartache). But there were a lot of clunky sentences and typos. Scribners basically didn’t spend any money on it at all, it wasn’t even proofread before being published. Also Scott edited it extensive so who knows how it was before he edited it.
About this post half the places I’ve seen it written have the title spelled like Smokey and the other half say Smoky so I’m not too sure how Zelda spelled it (and I don’t have the book about her art in front of me to double check). So I’m not sure whether to change the spelling or put a sic in the post.
Great Smokey Mountains by Zelda Fitzgerald
The night was dark, the rain came down,
The boys stepped off with never a frown.
Into the trench all mud and slime,
And thousands of miles from their native clime,
They took their places in face of death,
And waited their turn with bated breath,
'Til the order came to open fire,
They screwed their courage higher and higher.
Over the top they go to fight
For suffering friends and human right,
Over the top they see their way
To a clearer aim and a freer day,
Over the top, O God of Might,
Help our laddies to win the fight.
Zelda wrote this when she was 17 to go in the school paper. It was then printed in the local newspaper. Minnie Sayre (Zelda’s mother) may have helped Zelda with this poem. When Zelda pasted the poem into her scrapbook she wrote “Not only is necessity the mother of invention but a mother of invention is necessary.”
Zelda’s last letter written on March 9, 1948. She would die the next night.
Scottie the Daughter of by Eleanor Lanahan pg 180.
Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald
- Zelda was fantastically selfish.
- Zelda stood up to Scott
- She wore a flesh colored swimsuit to pretend like she was naked
- Zelda actually did swim naked
- In Montgomery Zelda persuaded the trolley operator to let her drive and she promptly drove it off the tracks
- She made her own jewelry.
- Zelda lived an extraordinary life and never apologized for it. She lived life to the fullest.