[30], On Valentine's Day in 1921, while Scott was working to finish his second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, Zelda discovered she was pregnant. He talked of his plans to be famous, and sent her a chapter of a book he was writing. "[109], In 1992, Zelda was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame. Zelda first met the future novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in July 1918, when he had volunteered for the army, and was stationed at Camp Sheridan, outside Montgomery. After the spectacular failure of his third novel, The Great Gatsby, his professional prospects dried up and his drinking worsened. Ernest Hemingway, whom Zelda disliked, blamed her for Scott's declining literary output, though her extensive diaries provided much material for his fiction, sometimes to the point of plagiarism. In its time, the book was not well received by critics. [84] She was nearing forty now, her friends were long gone, and the Fitzgeralds no longer had much money. But his decline was rapid and chaotic. F. Scott Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayre in 1918, when he was 22 and she was just 18 years old. [57], Though Scott drew heavily upon his wife's intense personality in his writings, much of the conflict between them stemmed from the boredom and isolation Zelda experienced when Scott was writing. In 1992, Zelda was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame. Zelda Fitzgerald succeeded, in this novel, in conveying her own heroic desperation to succeed at something of her own, and she also managed to distinguish herself as a writer with, as Edmund Wilson once said of her husband, a 'gift for turning language into something iridescent and surprising. He writes of lost illusions in The Great Gatsby as his lost certainty in Zelda's fidelity. [58], Zelda had a deep desire to develop a talent that was entirely her own. The Great Gatsby is often viewed as the epitome of the 1920s in this country — new money hosting huge parties soaked in champagne, jazz, and high fashion. Sadly, Zelda spent the last 15 years of her life in and out of hospitals. The Fitzgeralds lived here from 1931 until 1932, writing portions of their respective novels, Save Me The Waltz and Tender Is The Night during their time in Montgomery. After six weeks, Zelda asked for a divorce. The fire escapes were wooden, and they caught fire as well. [14] Zelda's letters stand out for their "spontaneous turn of phrase and lyrical style" and tendency to use dashes, visually similar to the poems by Emily Dickinson, and experimental grammar. When he heard the novel had been accepted, Scott wrote to his editor Maxwell Perkins, urging an accelerated release: "I have so many things dependent on its success—including of course a girl. I was one of the ones who were charmed. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald seem more like characters from a … It was a strain that changed their marriage forever. As The Ringer notes, he explicitly and intentionally based several early characters on Zelda, most notably Rosalind in his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and Nicole in Tender is the Night. In the ledger that he meticulously maintained throughout his life, Scott noted in 1918, on September 7, that he had fallen in love. [71], The parallels to the Fitzgeralds were obvious. "[86], After reading The Last Tycoon, Zelda began working on a new novel of her own, Caesar's Things. Also that year, Scott's Hollywood mistress Sheilah Graham published a memoir, Beloved Infidel, about his last years. [29] To their delight, in the pages of the New York newspapers Zelda and Scott had become icons of youth and success—enfants terribles of the Jazz Age. But Scott was totally dismissive of his wife's desire to become a professional dancer, considering it a waste of time. He wrote, "all criticism of Rosalind ends in her beauty," and told Zelda that "… Sellers was a member of Montgomery's society, who Zelda dated briefly before marrying Scott. [13], F. Scott Fitzgerald was known to appreciate and take from Zelda's letters, even plagiarising her diary while he was writing This Side of Paradise and The Great Gatsby. While most people focus on her life with F. Scott Fitzgerald, the roots of Zelda's misery may extend back into her childhood. As The Washington Post notes, he was even having trouble getting hired by Hollywood film studios because of his heavy drinking. Like the country around them, their Roaring Twenties curdled into a Great Depression, and the Fitzgeralds's love affair ended in alcoholism, mental illness, and untimely death. Some of the paintings that she had created over the previous years, in and out of sanatoriums, were exhibited in 1934. 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