Z. A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald – Facts 2

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The Fitzgeralds moved frequently and lived in different locations. Their first place of residence is New York, but in the summer of 1920 they rent a house in Westport, Connecticut.

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In 1921 the Fitzgeralds travel to Europe for the first time on board Aquitania. RMS Aquitania was a Cunard Line ocean liner. She was launched on 21 April 1913.

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Back in America, the Fitzgeralds move to St Paul where Zelda had her only child, Frances Scott Fitzgerald, who they called Scottie.

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In early 1922, Zelda again became pregnant. In the novel it is implied that she took some pills and had an abortion.

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After St Paul, they moved back to New York and lived in an area called “Great Neck”.

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The Fitzgeralds were acquainted with many personalities of the era.

One of the men Scott befriends is Henry Mencken, who later marries Zelda’s friend, Sara. Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the “Sage of Baltimore”, he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century.

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When Zelda and Scott go to the Palais Royale on one of their outings, they meet John Emerson and Anita Loos. John Emerson (May 29, 1874 – March 7, 1956) was an American stage actor, playwright, producer, and director of silent films (many featuring Douglas Fairbanks). Emerson was married to Anita Loos from June 15, 1919 until his death; prior to that they had functioned as a writing team for motion pictures and would continue to be credited jointly, even as Loos pursued independent projects.

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A friend that Zelda keeps referring to is Tallulah Bankhead, who was a friend from her youth. Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen.

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Zelda and Scott also meet D.W Griffith, who is one of the creators of United Artists. United Artists (UA) is an American film and television entertainment studio. The studio was founded in 1919 by D. W. GriffithCharlie ChaplinMary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks with the intention of controlling their own interests rather than depending upon commercial studios.

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They also meet Sinclair Lewis,  whose novel “Main Street” was very popular. Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951), better known as Sinclair Lewis, was an American novelistshort-storywriter, and playwright. He completed Main Street, which was published on October 23, 1920.   In its first six months, Main Street sold 180,000 copies, and within a few years, sales were estimated at two million.

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Harold Ober was Scott Fitzgerald’s agent.

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In Great Neck the Fitzgeralds befriend their neighbours, Ring and Ellis Lardner. Ringgold Wilmer “Ring” Lardner (March 6, 1885 – September 25, 1933) was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical writings about sportsmarriage, and the theatre. He was a contemporary of Ernest HemingwayVirginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald, all of whom professed strong admiration for Lardner’s writing. Lardner married Ellis Abbott of Goshen, Indiana in 1911. They had four sons, John, James, Ring Jr., and David.

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Scott continues writing short stories. One of them is “Myrna Meets his Family”. In 1915 Chicago, 21-year-old Myra Harper sets her sights on the wealthy and reserved Knowleton Whitney to get him to marry her. All goes well, but later when Myra gets to meet his wacky parents, it turns out to be much harder for Myra than simply landing the man of her dreams.

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Flappers and Philosophers is the first collection of short stories written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1920, which includes 8 stories.

In 1922 Scott publishes his second novel, The Beautiful and Damned. It explores and portrays New York café society and the American Eastern elite during the Jazz Age before and after “the Great War” and in the early 1920s. As in his other novels, Fitzgerald’s characters in this novel are complex, especially with respect to marriage and intimacy. The work is generally considered to have drawn upon and be based on Fitzgerald’s relationship and marriage with his wife Zelda Fitzgerald.

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The Vegetable, or From President to Postman is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that he developed into a play. Its premiere, in a single preview (Nov. 19, 1923) at Nixon’s Apollo Theatre in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was widely regarded as a disaster.

 

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is a short story  first published in Colliers Magazine on May 27, 1922. It is the story of a man who ages backwards.

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Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) is a collection of eleven short stories . Divided into three separate parts, according to subject matter, it includes one of his better-known short stories, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button“.

The first piece of writing Zelda was asked to write was a review of her husband’s “The Beautiful and Damned”.

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