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.
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).