Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald


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Scribner Book Company
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5.9 X 1.2 X 8.9 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself denied as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence in his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work); six volumes of short stories and The Crack--Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces. Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a generation ... he might have interpreted and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) was a socialite, a novelist, a painter, and the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Throughout their marriage, Zelda inspired her husband's novels and their characters. She also authored several short stories and novels, including Save Me the Waltz.
Jackson R. Bryer is professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is editor of Conversations with Lillian Hellman and Conversations with Thornton Wilder and coeditor (with Mary C. Hartig) of Conversations with August Wilson and (with Ben Siegel) of Conversations with Neil Simon, all published by University Press of Mississippi.


"A moving portrait of a two-decades-long, complicated, and deep love affair."
--Publishers Weekly
"A rich, poignant portrait of [the Fitzgeralds'] complicated relationship."
--The Baltimore Sun
"This exceptionally moving correspondence reveals two ardent and creative souls struggling with the ruthless demands of the artistic imperative."
"A boon for general readers as well as literary scholars."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Bryer and Barks's work leads readers through one of the most passionate love affairs of the twentieth century."
--Montgomery Advertiser
"The flamboyant Jazz Age couple were devoted letter writers... Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda tells their love story in their own words."
--Garden & Gun
"Zelda writes in direct yet passionate prose, Fitzgerald with a poetic flair reminiscent of his fiction. The result is an engrossing account of their love story -- full of longing and ardor, heartbreak and betrayal...their letters portray something a singular, enigmatic connection."
--Paul Alexander, The Washington Post
"Read this book for Zelda... a funny, hard-boiled observer of her own life whose letters read like short stand-up sequences... She has no secondhand impressions or turns of phrase -- everything she writes and thinks feels tart, original, lightly distressing... after reading these letters what strikes you is [the Fitzgeralds'] steadiness, a shocking word to apply to them... their bond proved stubborn and sturdy, and survived it all." -Parul Sehgal, The New York Times