When Zelda began painting seriously, he arranged an exhibition of her work at a New York gallery. Very little was understood about the nature of Zelda’s suffering. It opens with a naked woman.“Here’s a feeling filter, just so I don’t show any anger or jealousy,” the brokenhearted woman says. We are skillfully led through Scottie’s nomadic and traumatic childhood, her marriages and love affairs, political triumphs and defeats, alcoholism and alcoholics, battles with three types of cancer, one son’s suicide and the other’s drug addiction to her ultimate sense of disappointment in her own accomplishments. Mr. Westbrook shows surprising balance as he manages to covey her strengths without losing his objectivity or his sense of humor about his colorful, opportunistic mother. Yet Scottie left behind a 74-page start on a self-history, along with boxes upon boxes of letters and stories and journals, and Bobbie, whose own writing is straightforward and unflinchingly honest, could not resist the challenge of piecing together the story of her mother's life from these resources, the reminiscences of Scottie's friends and family and above all her own ambivalent recollections.

Perhaps it comes with middle age, but Scott's focus shifted from the importance of perfecting one's charm to the importance of conserving one's emotional equipment. Two years ago, Mr. Douglas’s property was assessed at $1.3 million. I’ve always been amazed by their ability to express their love for each other in original and poignant ways.

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Liquor provoked him into jealous rages--with some reason: in those years, Sheilah was "on fire for sex" and pursued by the likes of Errol Flynn and Gary Cooper--during which he demeaned and humiliated her.

When she was ill, she sent terribly convoluted warnings to friends about the Second Coming. Here her story leaves its Dickens phase and turns into the improbable fantasy of early H. G. Wells: in 1921, at the age of 17, she was "discovered" touting her wares at the counter by Maj. John Graham Gillam, a charming but impecunious fellow 25 years her senior who recognized talent when he saw it.

Scott's second novel, ''The Beautiful and Damned,'' wrote a wonderful paragraph that inadvertently described the glamour and gaiety of their lives: ''Everyone must buy this book for the Until now, very little was known about the Fitzgeralds’ daughter beyond her school days.

neither this book nor any other Despite his excesses and troubles, Scott produced 5 novels and 160 short stories before To what extent did his drinking drive her crazy? Classifieds | Site Index |

Zelda stepped on the stage as the paradigm of a flapper.

To a large extent this worked.

The political activism-through-art continued. not painstakingly, cultivated. ''Oh,'' one might say, ''they're having a Scott and Zelda.''. . young. They are great comforts to the feminine soul.”. Son Jacky did time for dealing drugs. She described Scott’s relationship to money: “He worshipped, despised, was awed by, was ‘crippled by his inability to handle’ (as he put it), threw away, slaved for, and had a lifelong love-hate relationship with, money . Her earliest letters to Scott are distinctly girlish. image I might have formed of her. There were a number of factors that led to this unusual arrangement, but high on the list was the need for a room of one’s own. In 1931, little insight had been gained about the negative effects of alcohol. The wellspring of his story ideas had dried up.

”. Mr. Douglas supplied the truck driver’s voice.

It wasn't entirely a success story: the Lanahans' marriage did not survive, and Scottie was to marry and divorce a second time. She was also a part-time journalist who wrote for the women's pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post and provided political coverage for various Democratic publications.

My mother wrote to her grandmother Sayre just after Zelda’s funeral: I was so glad you decided she should stay with Daddy, as seeing them buried there together gave the tragedy of their lives a sort of classic unity and it was very touching and reassuring to think of their two high-flying and generous spirits being at peace together at last—Mama was such an extraordinary person that had things continued as perfect and romantic as they began the story of her life would have been more like a fairy-tale than a reality. Also of note is “Intimate Lies: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham, Her Son’s Story” by Robert Westbrook. She knew whereof she spoke, Scottie pointed out, for she'd wasted a lot of her life "on bores, drunks, pity, anguish caused by guilt, con artists, leeches, and other unworthy users of our time, energies, emotions, and talents!!!". “I had no family experience.”. From his extensive research and memories of Graham’s spoken stories, he sets out to correct the errors, omissions and prevarications in her earlier chronicles (“Beloved Infidel,” “College of One” and “The Real F. Scott Fitzgerald”) in addition to presenting new and perhaps disturbing insights into their relationship. Travel, Help/Feedback | “There’s no reason to build over the center of my life and flatten it out.”, Ms. Lanahan acknowledges another problem.

Then, a quick aside: “John was a huge help on this movie.”, “You know what’s kind of weird?” he says. The Scottie Fitzgerald who emerges from this memoir is admirable in her generosity to others and her devotion to worthy causes, but not really a satisfactory mother.

Eleanor lived in 1935, at address , New York. When he answered the call to the colors in 1917, he stopped again at Brooks Brothers to fill out his footlocker. she wrote in 1925.

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