Save Me the Waltz

Zelda Fitzgerald (Author)
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Zelda Fitzgerald's only novel, Save Me The Waltz (1932) was written in six weeks and covers the period of her life that her husband F Scott Fitzgerald had been drawing on for years while writing Tender is the Night (1934). She died in 1948. Save Me The Waltz is now recognised as a classic novel of the woman's experience in fast-moving American Jazz Age society. The novel opens during the First World War. Alabama Beggs is a Southern belle who makes her d but into adulthood with wild parties, dancing and drinking, and flirting with the young officers posted to her home town. When the artist Lieutenant David Knight arrives to join her line of suitors, Alabama marries him. Their life in New York, Paris and the South of France closely mirrors the Fitzgeralds' own life and their prominent socialising in the 1920s and 1930s as part of what was later called the Lost Generation. Like Zelda, Alabama became passionate about dance. She attends ballet class in Paris every day. She refuses to accept that she might not become the great dancer that she ardently longs to be, and this threatens her mental health and her marriage. Erin Templeton's introduction to Zelda Fitzgerald's finest literary work shows how these struggles to become a dancer were the result of Zelda's need to have a life of her own rather than living in her husband's shadow.

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Price: $17.98  $16.54
Publisher: Handheld Classics
Published Date: January 14, 2018
Pages: 303
Dimensions: 5.3 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds
ISBN: 9781999828042
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About the Author

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900-1948) was an American writer and socialite, and the wife of F Scott Fitzgerald. Her life with Fitzgerald in Jazz Age New York, Paris and the South of France, and her arduous training to become a ballerina in her late 20s, form the basis for her only novel, Save Me The Waltz. Zelda had mental health troubles, excerbated by her precarious sense of identity as the wife of a major artist in a period where women of her background were not expected to express themselves except decoratively. She died in a fire in the asylum where she was living.