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The first book-length study of Prototype Flapper Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of Jazz Age Laureate F. Scott Fitzgerald, in over twenty years (since Nancy Milford's 1970 biography, Zelda), this is the poignant tale of a young, gifted Southern Belle from a prominant Montgomery, Alabama family, driven to mental disintegration as the result of a marriage promoted by the media's lure for the attainment of the American Dream for Women - a luxurious life of leisure afforded by a prosperous husband. Interviews with friends and relatives of the Fitzgeralds' (including their only child, Scottie), as well as with Zelda's last psychiatrist, illuminate this tragedy and suggest how the untimely demise of both Fitzgeralds might have been prevented.
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The Author: Koula Svokos Hartnett, a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, was teaching at West Virginia University, her alma mater, when she began writing this book. She has also taught in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland. In Easton, Maryland, she was Director of Public Relations, under Kirkland Hall College Trustee member and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson. There she met Colonel William Paul, a colleague who had been a Princeton classmate of F. Scott Fitzgerald's, and thus began her research on the Fitzgeralds. Dr. Hartnett has researched, lectured, and written about women's issues since the 1960's and about China since the late 1980's. She is currently working on a book entitled The Changing Role of Women in China, and is also the author of The Occidental Tourist, based on a journal written in 1988-1989.Review:
«It's well-done, exciting, timely - an important...contribution which will be quoted for a long time...øby! literary critics, historians, psychologists, psychoanalysts, women's studies' scholars, and teachers: a one-of-a-kind book.» (Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Psychologist, Author of 'Women and Madness', and Professor, Brooklyn College)
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