Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Fitzgeralds: Weathering the Storm

I think most of us have an historical period that particularly resonates for us. For me, that decade is the 1920's. I am kind of fascinated by all of it - flappers, prohibition, censorship, women's rights, jazz, art deco, modernism, Freud, the Charleston, the speakeasy, talkies...I'm hoping that at least part of my dissertation will be focused on burlesque and circus in the 20's. There is something about this era of photography and music that totally gives me goosebumps. It's ghostly and almost frightening in its intensity. There is a kind of wild forgotten-ness about the period that I really like.

And my favorite couple of the decade...F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Though F. S. is the famous one for his many novels (esp. The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise), Zelda was also an artist and a novelist. F and Z were definitely the "it" couple at the time and their passionate but tumultuous relationship was well-documented. And even though I'm pretty sure Kyle and I have a healthier relationship than the Fitzgeralds, I sort of relate to them as two people who were very much in love and yet faced a great deal of sorrow and pain and fear. I guess it's not the storm but how you weather it.

"I don’t suppose I really know you very well - but I know you smell like the delicious damp grass that grows near old walls and that your hands are beautiful opening out of your sleeves and that the back of your head is a mossy sheltered cave when there is trouble in the wind and that my cheek just fits the depression in your shoulder." - Zelda Fitzgerald


"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald


F and Z were buried together and the epitaph on their grave is from The Great Gatsby:
"So we beat on. Boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."


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6 comments:

Eunice said...

You've got me hooked on F and Z already!

Ocean Dreams said...

I loved this era and what fantastic photos you have found! I love the Great Gatsby and can't wait for the movie to come out!

You followed me on Twitter (oceandreams4u) and I thought I would come by and say hi! Excited for your first giveaway, I'm having a giveaway right now if want to stop by! :)

Ashley @ A Recipe for Sanity said...

What a great post. I love it! I had no idea they had such a great love story. :)

Also, when I was finding your blog, I noticed in your about me that you volunteer with sexual assault survivors. That is such a HUGE issue for me that I just want to give you a big hug! ;) It's one of my passions. Anyway, I'm glad we found each other's blogs!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Hands down, one of my favorite authors. People are so pretty back then...their skin is perfect, and I know that because these photos weren't photoshopped. Must be the whole foods available to them... hmm...

Karm said...

I enjoy reading historical period books.. well even eras too. The 20's interest me a lot. I finished reading the 20's girl from Sophie Kinsella, I recommend it (:

Emry said...

Thank for such an informative post! I must admit I didn't know anything about Zelda...you've inspired me to research more. Love the quotes you posted, too!

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