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Join the Gribshnobler as he and his friends geek out about movies, music, books, animation, and whatever else they feel like, supplemented with music by himself and others.

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Jun 25, 2017

The Gribshnobler and LadyMsGee get into a discussion of two novels of the Fitzgeralds: Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald and Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  LadyMsGee shares a great deal of information culled from much research, including the autobiographical and historical elements of each novel, the Fitzgeralds' difficult marriage, Zelda's difficulties with mental health and treatment, and more. This episode will be of particular interest to Zelda fans, or those who would like to know more about her life and artistic work.

Supplemented with two pieces of 1920s 78 rpm jazz, and two pieces of classical music mentioned in Save Me The Waltz.

We were inspired to do this episode by the TV series Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci and David Hoflin. Watch the show on Amazon

Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald is available from Amazon (includes all of her other written works) and Audible

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald is available from Amazon and Audible

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (basis for the TV series) is available from Amazon and Audible

An article featuring some of the artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald:


Music in this Episode


1. Southern Serenaders: Runnin' Wild (1922)

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2. C. Mack; J. Johnson; Lee Roy and his Band: The Charleston

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3. Johann Strauss, Vienna Waltz Orchestra: Tales from the Vienna Woods

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4. Charles Gounod, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Wilfred Pelletier, cond.
Live performance, Dec. 31, 1949: Faust - Introduction

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Other Materials



Tender is the Night (1962) dir. by Henry King

F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles (1974) dir. George Schaefer

The Great Gatsby (2013) dir. Baz Luhrman



This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, and the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald



Zelda: Her Voice in Paradise by Sally Cline

Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, a Marriage by Kendall Taylor


Historical/Biographical Fiction:

The Paris Wife by Paula McClain