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Contemporary Authors. Vol. 117 (1986) and Vol. 126 (1989). Detroit: Gale Research.
A bio-bibliographical guide to writers. Provides a readable summary of Zelda's life with an emphasis on her writings and their relationship to her life. A short bibliography is included.
Anderson, Nancy G. and Richard Anderson. "1984 Yearbook." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Yearbook. Edited by Jean W. Ross. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985: 262-280.
Insightful and detailed essay on Zelda contains biographical information and analysis and critiques of her writing. A helpful bibliography lists biographies, books, and articles.
Fitzgerald, Zelda. Save Me the Waltz. 1932; reissued, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1967.
Autobiographical novel. Features Alabama Beggs as its heroine. Growing up in a conservative and traditional family in a southern town modeled on Montgomery, Alabama married a young artist and moved into the glamorous social circles of New York, Paris, and the Riviera. Marriage and domestic life did not bring fulfillment. With her marriage beset with difficulties, Alabama, seeking her own identity, trained for a professional career in ballet only to have it cut short by an injury. At the end of the novel, Alabama reconciled with her husband and her dying father.
Flynt, Wayne. Montgomery: An Illustrated History. Woodland Hills, Calif.: Windsor Publications, 1980.
In chapter four, "Progressivism and Normalcy," Flynt features Zelda as one of the iconoclastic young women who epitomized the change taking place across the nationeven in staid, conservative Montgomeryin the Progressive era. The work gives colorful insight into her adolescent years in Montgomery up to the time of her marriage.
Going, William T. "Two Alabama Writers: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and Sara Haardt Mencken." The Alabama Review 23 (January 1970): 3-29.
Going compares and contrasts the lives and writings of the two Montgomery women who rebelled against the South's restraints and expectations for women of their era. Sara Haardt, an acquaintance but not close friend of Zelda's, married H. L. Mencken.
Milford, Nancy. Zelda: A Biography. New York: Harper & Row, 1970.
Milford's study is the standard book-length work on Zelda. Detailed and interesting, it is based largely on interviews and the correspondence of Zelda and Scott. Illustrations include photographs of the teen-aged Zelda and a variety of pictures of Scott, Zelda, and daughter Scottie.