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Early life and family background[ edit ] Zelda Sayre at 19, in dance costume Born in Montgomery, AlabamaZelda Sayre was the youngest of six children.
A spoiled child, Zelda was doted upon by her mother, but her father, Anthony Dickinson Sayre —  —a justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama and one of Alabama's leading jurists—was a strict and remote man. The family was descended from early settlers of Long Islandwho had moved to Alabama before the Civil War.
By the time of Zelda's birth, the Sayres were a prominent Southern family. Her great-uncle, John Tyler Morganserved six terms in the United States Senate ; her paternal grandfather edited a newspaper in Montgomery; and her maternal grandfather was Willis Benson Machenwho served a partial term as a U.
Newman Smith —Clothilde Sayre Mrs. John Palmer —and Lenora Sayrewho died of diphtheria at age two.
As a child, Zelda Sayre was extremely active. She danced, took ballet lessons and enjoyed the outdoors. She was bright, but uninterested in her lessons. Her work in ballet continued into high school, where she had an active social life.
She drank, smoked and spent much of her time with boys, and she remained a leader in the local youth social scene. Consequently, Sayre's antics were shocking to many of those around her, and she became—along with her childhood friend and future Hollywood starlet Tallulah Bankhead —a mainstay of Montgomery gossip.
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Scott Fitzgerald[ edit ] Main article: Scott Fitzgerald in Julywhen he had volunteered for the army, and was stationed at Camp Sheridan, outside Montgomery. Scott began to call her daily, and came into Montgomery on his free days. He was so taken by Zelda that he redrafted the character of Rosalind Connage in This Side of Paradise to resemble her.
At the conclusion of This Side of Paradise, the soliloquy of the protagonist Amory Blaine in the cemetery, for example, is taken directly from her journal.
Scott Fitzgerald was known to appreciate and take from Zelda's letters, even at one point borrowing her diary while he was writing This Side of Paradise. There was allegedly discussion between the men of publishing it under the name of "The Diary of a Popular Girl".
In the ledger that he meticulously maintained throughout his life, Scott noted inon September 7, that he had fallen in love.
Ultimately, she would do the same. Her biographer Nancy Milford wrote, "Scott had appealed to something in Zelda which no one before him had perceived: While he was there, the Armistice with Germany was signed. He then returned to the base near Montgomery, and by December they were inseparable.
Scott would later describe their behavior as "sexual recklessness. When he heard the novel had been accepted, Scott wrote to his editor Maxwell Perkinsurging an accelerated release: Zelda agreed to marry him once the book was published;  he, in turn, promised to bring her to New York with "all the iridescence of the beginning of the world.
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