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Feb 14
One of the best-known couples of the 1920s, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald were one of the golden couples of the Jazz Age. Scott called Zelda “the first American flapper” and the couple seemed to embody the Roaring Twenties. They were the toast of New York and Paris, and infamous for their tempestuous marriage. Although there’s little doubt that they did care deeply for each other, their marriage was a rat king of jealousy and resentment and maybe some cruelty, with Scott going so far as to steal bits of Zelda’s diaries for his writing, and Zelda striving for an identity of her own as a ballerina before she was ultimately hospitalized for exhaustion. In the 1930s, they each published novels documenting their failing marriage, although Scott was furious that Zelda used their relationship as inspiration (hey, remember how he cribbed her diary entries for his stories?). Since the 1970s, Zelda has been recast as a feminist icon, struggling as she did under an overbearing husband.
Zelda is maybe best known today for her mental instability, spending much of the last years of her life in mental hospitals. She died in 1948, 8 years after Scott, in a fire at her hospital, where she was working on her second novel.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Fitzgeralds, we encourage you to listen to one of our favorite podcasts, Stuff You Missed in History Class. They just posted a new episode on Monday about the not-so-happy couple.

One of the best-known couples of the 1920s, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald were one of the golden couples of the Jazz Age. Scott called Zelda “the first American flapper” and the couple seemed to embody the Roaring Twenties. They were the toast of New York and Paris, and infamous for their tempestuous marriage. Although there’s little doubt that they did care deeply for each other, their marriage was a rat king of jealousy and resentment and maybe some cruelty, with Scott going so far as to steal bits of Zelda’s diaries for his writing, and Zelda striving for an identity of her own as a ballerina before she was ultimately hospitalized for exhaustion. In the 1930s, they each published novels documenting their failing marriage, although Scott was furious that Zelda used their relationship as inspiration (hey, remember how he cribbed her diary entries for his stories?). Since the 1970s, Zelda has been recast as a feminist icon, struggling as she did under an overbearing husband.

Zelda is maybe best known today for her mental instability, spending much of the last years of her life in mental hospitals. She died in 1948, 8 years after Scott, in a fire at her hospital, where she was working on her second novel.


If you’re interested in learning more about the Fitzgeralds, we encourage you to listen to one of our favorite podcasts, Stuff You Missed in History Class. They just posted a new episode on Monday about the not-so-happy couple.


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