Zelda Sayre’s stormy life spanned from notoriety as a spirited Southern beauty to success as a gifted novelist and international celebrity at the side of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zedla and Fitzgerald were one of the most visible couples of the Jazz Age, inhabiting and creating around them a world of excitement, romance, art, and promise. Yet their tumultous relationship precipitated a descent into depression and mental instability for Zelda, leaving her to spend the final twenty years of her life in hospital care, until a fire at a sanitarium claimed her life.
Incorporating years of exhaustive research, and interviews with the Gerald Murphys, John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker, Carl Van Vechten, and others—as well as on hundreds of previously unpublished letters from both Fitzgeralds—biographer Nancy Milford illuminates Zelda’s nuanced and elusive personality, giving character both to her artistic vibrancy and to her catastrophic collapse. Zelda traces the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing woman, torn by the clash between her husband’s career and her own talent.