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The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Deeper Look at the Creative Life of a Jazz Age Legend


The flapper roll call from Josephine Baker to Dorothy Parker and Edna St. Vincent Millay is incomplete without Zelda Fitzgerald. Hard-drinking sybarite relentlessly on the move to be wherever the party was, an artist and amateur ballet dancer, a journalist and novelist con brio, the fashion-forward Zelda was a meal ticket for gossip columnists from the time she hit Manhattan.

Biographers batten on her dalliances and feuds (notably, with Ernest Hemingway), even as literary critics call for greater recognition for her novel Save Me the Waltz. Join cultural historian Charles A. Riley II for an insider's look into the creative life of a Jazz Age legend, including the secret role she played in the revision of The Great Gatsby.



Recommended reading from Penguin Press:

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell

“Churchwell… has written an excellent book… she’s earned the right to play on [Fitzgerald’s] court. Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page.”




Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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