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Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A biography.

The most glamorous couple of the roaring twenties.

He gave an era its name. She was the main character in all his novels. Together they were the dream couple of the Jazz Age and the ‘lost generation’. The famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived their lives to the fullest, seeking happiness, yet finding desperation. Rich and successful, infamous for their antics and excessive drinking habits in New York, Paris and on the French Riviera, they were the idols of an entire generation. But soon the blessed were damned: their excessive lifestyle, creative blocks and mental issues all contributed to the couple’s downfall. The myth, however, continues to flourish… Michaela Karl paints a vivid biographical portrait of an entire era and the two main characters whose lives became literature.

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320 pages
format:140 x 220
ISBN: 9783701732579
Release date: 07.02.2012

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Michaela Karl

born in 1971, wrote her thesis on Rudi Dutschke. Karl is lecturer at the University for Politics in Munich and is member of the Münchner Turmschreiber. Previous publications: Bayerische Amazonen (2004), “Wir fordern die Hälfte der Welt!“ Der Kampf der englischen Suffragetten um das Frauenstimmrecht (2009), Streitbare Frauen (2009), Noch ein Martini und ich lieg unterm Gastgeber. Dorothy Parker. Eine Biografie (2011) und Wir brechen die 10 Gebote und uns den Hals. Zelda und F. Scott Fitzgerald (2012.).

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