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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1901 - 1948)



June 11, 2013
New York, NY, US

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Save  Me  the  Waltz.  Scribner's,  New  York,  1932 8vo  (7  1/2  x  5  1/4  ins;  190  x  133  mm).    Publisher's  sea-green  cloth  lettered  in  pale  blue;  cloth  a  faded  with  a  few  spots,  old  ownership  stamp  to  endpaper  and  top  edge.  Original  dust-jacket  with  Cleonike  illustration;  slightly  rubbed  and  faded  with  light  staining  to  front  panel  and  minor  creasing  at  ends  of  spine  panel.


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First edition of Zelda's only novel. Written during a six-week period while at the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic in Baltimore (she was there from February to June 1932 following her second breakdown), the extensive use of autobiographical material greatly angered Scott. His rejection and the rejection by readers in general of her unusual prose further depressed her. Yet the work has undergone a complete reappraisal, "That the novel was written in two months is amazing. That for all its flaws it still manages to charm, amuse and move the reader is even more remarkable. Zelda Fitzgerald succeeded, in this novel, in conveying her own heroic desperation to succeed at something of her own, and she also managed to distinguish herself as a writer with, as Edmund Wilson once said of her husband, a 'gift for turning language into something iridescent and surprising'" (Michiko Kakutani).

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