In school, you would always read Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, or F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby. But, there are stories out there about these fantastic writers that speak the truth about who they are. Z: A novel of Zelda Fitzgerald tells exactly that. Therese Anne Fowler, took the spirit and writings of a famous writers wife and made her into the classical beauty she was.
In our mind famous writers are incredible, they must’ve gotten published the first time they ever tried. Wrong, so very wrong. Z is a book that shows the trials and tribulations of some of the worlds best authors. Ezra Pound, Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and so many other amazing artists who inspire others everyday.
She writes about every error, every set back, every rejection that those writers went through. She goes into great detail about the aspects of publishing that nobody knew about. F. Scott Fitzgerald went through rejection after rejection, almost losing all hope. When he had first written The Great Gatsby, it was rejected a few times before somebody decided it was worth something.
Ernest Hemingway had numerous rejections before his analytical mind landed him as an author. Zelda through her book, shows the aspect of famous writers as regular people just trying to make it through. She describes their struggles and hardships, makes them seem relatable. She connects these classical amazing writers to every single person out there who is just trying to make a living. She herself even loses who she is, she gets wrapped up in high society life that for a moment there she’s someone entirely new.
Zelda brings you through the testimony of marriage, the hardships of always moving around, and the struggles of being an aspiring writer. She shows Fitzgerald in a different light entirely, she shows his down fall from the lovable man she once fell in love with, to the drunken mess he was when he passed.
All of these famous writers were around her for the majority of her life and they gave her so many ideas and exposed her creatively to writing as an art. She become a famous writer herself through them. Their writings, their way of thinking, their outlook on life. She took everything that she witnessed and made it into something remarkable.
That is how a writer should be. Someone who takes their surroundings and learns from it. Someone who has the ability to manipulate different ideas into something truly marvelous.
She was able to break the stereotype of women not being the breadwinners, and made herself worthy. She encouraged feminism before anyone really knew what it was, with her care free attitude and her ability to stand up for herself. Instead of following her mothers lead and getting married to a boy of good fortune in her town, she married someone she truly loved and became timeless.