Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Couple at the party: Scott and Zelda

AS fellow avid book readers, let me introduce you to this pair. Not only are they are popular party goers, they are authors who have written books closely resembling their lives and the jazz age.

MEET Scott here...

Flappers and Philosophers
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Download the free ebook here courtesy of the Project Gutenberg

The first collection of short stories written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1920.

It includes eight stories:

The Offshore Pirate
The Ice Palace
Head and Shoulders
The Cut-Glass Bowl
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Dalyrimple Goes Wrong
The Four Fists

MEET Zelda here...

Save Me the Waltz
by Zelda Fitzgerald

One of the great literary curios of the 20th century, Save Me the Waltz is the first and only novel by the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the years when her husband was working on Tender is the Night—which many critics consider his masterpiece—Zelda Fitzgerald was preparing her own story.

The novel strangely parallels evens from her husband’s life, throwing a fascinating light on Scott Fitzgerald and his work. In its own right, it is a vivid and moving story—centered upon the confessional of a famous glamour girl of the affluent 1920s and an aspiring ballerina—that captures the spirit of an era.

GET a load of an early edition of Zelda's book below - looks like a chunkster!


AND now let's hit the dance floor and take on a fox trot...

Let's Misbehave
by Cole Porter

You could have a great career,
And you should;
Yes you should.
Only one thing stops you dear:
You're too good;
Way too good!

If you want a future, darlin',
Why don't you get a past?
'Cause that fateful moment's comin' at last...

We're all alone, no chaperone
Can get our number
The world's in slumber--let's misbehave!!!

There's something wild about you child
That's so contagious
Let's be outrageous--let's misbehave!!!

When Adam won Eve's hand
He wouldn't stand for teasin'.
He didn't care about those apples out of season.

They say that Spring means just one little thing to little lovebirds
We're not above birds--let's misbehave!!!

It's getting late and while I wait
My poor heart aches on
Why keep the breaks on? Let's misbehave!!!

I feel quite sure affaire d'amour
Would be attractive
While we're still active, let's misbehave!

You know my heart is true
And you say you for me care...
Somebody's sure to tell,
But what the heck do we care?

They say that bears have love affairs
And even camels
We're men and mammals--let's misbehave!!!


* source image: Scott and Zelda from film Midnight in Paris, early edition Save Me the Waltz

* source lyrics: Let's Misbehave

_.oO0- Flappers at Floyd's schedule -0Oo._


  1. Love Cole Porter and would LOVE to learn more about Zelda. She intrigues me.

  2. Fun video! I love watching them in their fashions and dancing. Thanks for sharing!

    I had no idea that Fitzgerald's wife wrote a book too. Fascinating!

  3. Love that song!! Thanks for the freebie heads up too!

  4. Love all of this -- the books, the music -- le sigh!!

  5. I own a very old copy of Flappers and Philosophers in Italian. It's time to pick it up again!


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