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Remembering F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s Romance

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Zelda Sayre met F. Scott Fitzgerald in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, where the not-yet famous literary legend was stationed as a lieutenant during World War I. Fitzgerald noticed the socialite’s dancing ability at a country club and quickly fell in love. He was from a Catholic family with modest means, while she was a headstrong Southern belle with all of the free-spiritedness of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald later referred to her as “the first American flapper.” Naturally, Zelda’s parents frowned at the match.

Fitzgerald’s courtship continued, however, and he and Zelda exchanged correspondence as he was sent to France for the war effort and the New York to pursue his writing career. He continued to chase her even after she broke off their engagement and told him about the other men who sought her attention. The wedding altar didn’t seem within reach until Fitzgerald published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, which he wrote to muster up enough money to marry her. After achieving literary success with the book, in which the main character was altered to appear more like Zelda, the two were married in an intimate ceremony at the grand St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on April 3, 1920.

Their wedding marked the beginning of a fiery, passionate, and at times tumultuous marriage. As the Lost Generation ushered in a new sense of liberty, smoking, drinking, and dancing the nights away, the Fitzgeralds were at the heart of it. Their union was filled with luxurious escapades, fleeting wealth, and the occasional affair, which Fitzgerald chronicled in much of his fiction, including The Great Gatsby. The It couple of the Jazz Age enjoyed a 20-year marriage and had one daughter, Frances. However, Fitzgerald’s drinking and Zelda’s mental health issues ultimately caught up to them, and the author met his untimely death in 1940, with Zelda passing eight years later. Today, their seemingly novelesque romance remains one of the most iconic love stories in history.

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