In the 1920s, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald careered through New York City and Great Neck, Paris and the South of France, leaving in their wake a trail of splintered Champagne glasses and glittering bons mots. Their tragic, slow-motion falls — she to madness and a series of mental institutions, he to alcohol and an indifferent public — seemed inevitable, and drawn from the pages of one of his novels. She was reckless to the point of oddity; he always drank like a professional, collapsing the arc from charming to churlish early on. But theirs was surely one of the most fascinating literary and romantic partnerships, symbiotic to the point of cannibalism.
—  Therese Anne Fowler

liv’s top 10 fave historical women (l-r)

  1. nell gwynn, mistress to king charles ii of england (1650-1687)
  2. madame de pompadour, mistress to king louis xv of france (1721-1764)
  3. hurrem sultan, haseki sultan of suleiman “the magnificent” of the ottoman empire (1502-1558)
  4. madame de montespan, mistress to king louis xiv of france (1640-1707)
  5. catherine ii “the great,” empress of russia (1729-1796)
  6. georgiana cavendish, duchess of devonshire, society hostess & style icon(1757-1806)
  7. anne boleyn, queen consort of king henry viii of england (1501-1536)
  8. madame du barry, mistress to king louis xv of france (1743-1793)
  9. anne of austria, queen consort of king louis xiii of france & regent for her son, louis xiv (1601-1666)
  10. elizabeth i, queen regnant of england (1533-1603)

bonuses (because i’m indecisive asf):

anonymous asked:

Have you read Nancy Milford's biography of Zelda Fitzgerald? I am also firmly in the Zelda > Scott camp, but I'd love to know more of your thoughts about them.

Ahhh I didn’t actually realize this was a thing. Other than Zelda’s works and a handful of her letters to Scott, I’ve only read Therese Anne Fowler’s novelization, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

I think it’s really easy to romanticize the Fitzgeralds at first – both them as individuals and as a couple – because there’s just so much there in terms of drama and glamour, with love obviously running through everything… especially because they both have a way with words and express everything so well. That unfortunately grants more focus to the good rather than the bad, and there was just so much bad with the plagiarizing, first, and then the horrific treatment of Zelda’s mental health in the end… stopping her from writing, committing her, etc. They’re tragic, and it really bothers me that they’re so romanticized. I was certainly guilty of that at first, but I’m grateful for the recent interest in and attention to Zelda for changing that. So so so so mad Z: The Beginning of Everything got canceled.  


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  13. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past, by Sam Wineburg
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  15. Making Their Mark: Educating African-American Children, A Bold New Plan for Educational Reform, by Dr. Israel Tribble, Jr.
  16. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks
So I’m reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald...

And I know that Scott and Zelda look like this…

But in my head they keep morphing into…

I’m only in the beginning though. I’m sure once the book starts painting a less flattering picture of Scott, I’ll stop imagining him as Tom Hiddleston. But for now *heart eyes*

bibliochor :)