Early life and family background[ edit ] Zelda Sayre at 19, in dance costume Born in Montgomery, AlabamaZelda Sayre was the youngest of six children. A spoiled child, Zelda was doted upon by her mother, but her father, Anthony Dickinson Sayre —  —a justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama and one of Alabama's leading jurists—was a strict and remote man.
Early life and family background[ edit ] Zelda Sayre at 19, in dance costume Born in Montgomery, AlabamaZelda Sayre was the youngest of six children.
The family was descended from early settlers of Long Islandwho had moved to Alabama before the Civil War. Her great-uncle, John Tyler Morganserved six terms in the United States Senate ; her paternal grandfather edited a newspaper in Montgomery; and her maternal grandfather was Willis Benson Machenwho served a partial term as a U.
Newman Smith —Clothilde Sayre Mrs. John Palmer —and Lenora Sayrewho died of diphtheria at age two. As a child, Zelda Sayre was extremely active. She danced, took ballet lessons and enjoyed the outdoors.
She was bright, but uninterested in her lessons. Her work in ballet continued into high school, where she had an active social life.
She drank, smoked and spent much of her time with boys, and she remained a leader in the local youth social scene. Why should all life be work, when we all can borrow?
Scott Fitzgerald[ edit ] Main article: Scott Fitzgerald in Julywhen he had volunteered for the army, and was stationed at Camp Sheridan, outside Montgomery. Scott began to call her daily, and came into Montgomery on his free days.
He was so taken by Zelda that he redrafted the character of Rosalind Connage in This Side of Paradise to resemble her. At the conclusion of This Side of Paradise, the soliloquy of the protagonist Amory Blaine in the cemetery, for example, is taken directly from her journal.
There was allegedly discussion between the men of publishing it under the name of "The Diary of a Popular Girl". In the ledger that he meticulously maintained throughout his life, Scott noted inon September 7, that he had fallen in love.
Ultimately, she would do the same. Her biographer Nancy Milford wrote, "Scott had appealed to something in Zelda which no one before him had perceived: While he was there, the Armistice with Germany was signed.
He then returned to the base near Montgomery, and by December they were inseparable. Scott would later describe their behavior as "sexual recklessness.
When he heard the novel had been accepted, Scott wrote to his editor Maxwell Perkinsurging an accelerated release: Zelda agreed to marry him once the book was published;  he, in turn, promised to bring her to New York with "all the iridescence of the beginning of the world.
They were ordered to leave both the Biltmore Hotel and the Commodore Hotel for their drunkenness. When Dorothy Parker first met them, Zelda and Scott were sitting atop a taxi.
Parker said, "They did both look as though they had just stepped out of the sun; their youth was striking. Everyone wanted to meet him. Publicly, this meant little more than napping when they arrived at parties, but privately it increasingly led to bitter fights.
Paul, Minnesota to have the baby.The American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, a legendary figure of the s, was an extremely observant artist, a beautiful writer, and an exceptional craftsman. His tragic life Died: Dec 21, Zelda Fitzgerald (née Sayre; July 24, – March 10, ) was an American socialite, novelist, painter and wife of author F.
Scott Fitzgerald. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, she was noted for her beauty and high spirits, and was dubbed by her husband as "the first American Flapper ". Watch video · Author, artist and socialite Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife and muse of author F.
Scott Fitzgerald, was born on July 24, Read about the joyous highs and tragic lows of her fascinating life. Tragic, fascinating, brilliant – life of ‘wild child’ Zelda Fitzgerald revisited Two films and a TV series out soon portray the life of the jazz-age writer and wife of F Scott Fitzgerald.
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Hamilton American author F. Scott Fitzgerald ( - ) attends a formal event with his wife Zelda ( - ), circa F. Scott Fitzgerald's life is a tragic example of both sides of the American Dream - the joys of young love, wealth and success, and the tragedies associated with excess and failure.