A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. The message fails to reach Romeo, and believing Juliet dead, he takes his life in her tomb.
For most people, I think, they symbolise the young, beautiful, successful couple, moving in the jet-set world of the time, from one party to the next, with a glass of champagne in the hand… or, something stronger.
The couple has always fascinated me, so when I was offered a review copy from Endeavour PressI accepted. Especially, since I did not know very much about Zelda.
Scott was the successful writer and she the beautiful wife supporting him. As well all know; all is not well in the fairy tale world.
The biography of Zelda is very well written, well researched and with a lot of references to letters and other personal papers. The Fitzgerald papers, are held at Princeton University Library Scott Fitzgerald studied thereand contains "original manuscripts, working drafts, corrected galleys, personal and professions correspondence, autobiographical scrapbooks, photographs, and other original material of F.
Writing a book about one partner of a 'non separate' couple or entity as they were, and has become, can easily make the author sympathise with this partner, in this case Zelda. However, Wagner-Martin manages to keep the neutral line all through the book. In tight, complicated and very sensitive situations she manages perfectly to follow Zelda, and still include a perspective from Scott's point of view.
It s a very engaging book. Maybe not surprising with such engaging people.
It might therefore come as a surprise that Zelda and Scott were not very happy. But let's start from the beginning. Zelda grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, as the youngest of five siblings.
As she was entering the family at a time when they thought there would not be more children, she was somewhat spoilt. Her mother doted on her and she had a very traditional childhood.
She was born inso there was still a touch of the old south where she grew up, and a traditional, old fashioned view on girls and their behaviour. Girls grew up to be wives and mothers. She enjoyed partying and dancing.
In soldiers came to stay close to Montgomery. It was all very exciting for the young women in the area, and Zelda became particularly interested in one of them, F. She had other admirers and even received an offer of marriage, but in the end, Scott was the one that captured her heart.
Scott was for yours older than Zelda, but much more experienced. But, Zelda had made her choice and they married an moved north to New York. Zelda wanted something more with her life, and a glorious one. A friend of hers became a movie star and she also had ambitions to do something creative.
She was good at dancing, had taken ballet lessons for many years, and was thinking of an acting career. However, as Zelda soon discovered; to be married to Scott meant to give up your own life and act as his beautiful, adoring partner.
At first she was fascinated with a world so different from her own one, but very soon she discovered that there was not that much in it for her. Scott started his writing career at this time, and made a hit with his first book This Side of Paradis.
He was the young up-coming writer, with a beautiful wife. Moving around in artistic circles, visible around town and enjoying life.
No wonder they became the glamorous, iconic couple representing the jazz age. Behind the scenes it was not that glamorous.
Zelda had discovered that Scott was very jealous, he totally dictated both their lives and Zelda had no freedom to pursue her own interests. Scott was the star in the family and everything should evolve around him. In their lives changed slightly when daughter Frances Scott Scottie was born. The Fitzgeralds moved all their lives from one place to the other.
During the s they spent several years in Europe and became part of the 'Lost Generation' crowd that stayed in Paris at the time. Yet innone of their friends made any effort to find help.
If Scott were already offensive because of his constant drinking, then Zelda might well have become an object of sympathy.
And either, I think, might have emerged from their difficulties alone, but never together.Meanwhile, Romeo, a young man from the Montague house, laments his unrequited love for a woman named Rosaline, who has vowed to remain chaste for the rest of her life.
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Romeo, the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. There are four ways to write a woman's life: the woman herself may tell it, in what she chooses to call an autobiography; she may tell it in what she chooses to call fiction; a biographer, woman or man, may write the woman's life in what is called a biography; or the woman may write her own life in advance of living it, unconsciously, and without recognizing or naming the process.