|Plot Summary of Sometimes Madness is Wisdom|
|"This excellent biography presents the joys, hopes, and sadness in Zelda Fitzgerald's life. Eclipsed by her husband, F. Scott, Zelda desperately tries to accomplish something significant herself. The biography describes their happy youth, their falling in love, and their happy-go-lucky life style early in their marriage. But things were wrong way deep.
Zelda had a way with words. The author believes F. Scott plagiarized much of Zelda's words. The author thinks F. Scott felt that Zelda had a talent with words but no skill at constructing a novel. F. Scott wanted all Zelda's notes and diaries for his own novels. This was the beginning of trouble for the Fitzgeralds.
Zelda studied ballet, hoping to make a career of dancing, but was never good enough. She had a chance to star, along with F. Scott, in a movie rendition of his "This Side of Paradise," but F. Scott nixed it. Frustrated, and probably having a hereditary weakness, Zelda finally lost her sanity. She spent most of her adult life in mental hospitals. This sobering book gives the reader a very intimate look at the difficult lives of both Zelda and F. Scott.
Maurice A. Williams, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Sometimes Madness is Wisdom|
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The difficult family member
- disapproves of datemate/spouse
Phys disability/mental struggle?
- mental illness
Subject of Biography
- mentally ill
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Is this a biography of several people?
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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