Guadeloupean woman. 1911.
Fowler’s Zelda is reassuringly normal. She’s easy to relate to even as she runs wild, sensible while allegedly insane. The unappealing aspects of her historical personality receive a contemporary, reader-friendly makeover. Zelda’s early letters to F. Scott were the basis for Rosalind’s tart misogyny in “This Side of Paradise,” and in her biography Milford noted Zelda’s lack of interest in female companionship. But Fowler furnishes her with a gang of lifelong girlfriends from back home in Alabama, plus growing feminist convictions.
I’ve said this before but one reason why I love Zelda is that she was so human. She wasn’t perfect. Zelda didn’t have many female friends (most of them were friends from Montgomery or couple friends like the Murphys) and she vastly preferred the company of men. I would say that Zelda had feminist leanings but she also internalized a lot of misogyny. It may make her more sympathetic to have Zelda have more good qualities (for lack of a better word), but it is a lie.
In “Z,” Zelda speaks the language of therapy; in “Call Me Zelda,” she is therapeutic. She suffers, but her suffering helps others grow.
This is one of my least favorite tropes, to have a woman suffer so that she can inspire others (it’s a small consolation that she isn’t suffering to inspire a man).
And in “Beautiful Fools,” R. Clifton Spargo writes in reconciliation sex with a paunchy F. Scott, the mere mention of whose nipple and wispy chest hair was more unsettling than anything else I’ve read this year.
And there’s another book on the Fitzgeralds I won’t read. I don’t want to know more about Scott’s naked body or his sex life. I’m haunted by what I know already.
Sorry it took me so long to get back but we just got internet.
I assume by read online you mean for free and not like download on your kindle or something like that. I wasn’t able to find any published biographies available to read online but I found a few decent websites with biographies.
I couldn’t really find any good ones on Zelda.
Lunch pail - 1916 - (Via)
A riveter at work in Burbank, California
At the link are 18 photos of Black women working during World War II
Her Humble Ministry (USA,1911) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200694/
French Postcard Photo ca. 1912 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! itt: We Heart It.
Perier family in de Dion voiturette, the first car imported into New South Wales, 1903
At the link are 43 other photographs taken in Australia from 1845-1936
Old photos from the days of prohibition.