Zelda Fitzgerald

On March 10, 1948, Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at Asheville's Highland Hospital — which will be 71 years ago this Sunday.

Most people know Zelda Fitzgerald as wife to the author of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but she was an artist in her own right, and spent the last decade of her life in the psychiatric facility, where she was placed due to schizophrenia. 

The city of Asheville declared March 10 as Zelda Fitzgerald Day, and organizations all over are hosting events in recognition of Zelda Fitzgerald Day.

On Saturday, March 9, come out to the Second Saturday in the River Arts District and see the "How Much The Heart Can Hold" exhibit at The Wedge, 129 Roberts St. on the second floor. 

The exhibit features artists from Aurora Studio & Gallery and other works, some exploring the life of Zelda Fitzgerald and the 20s. Dawn Eareckson from Aurora Studio will be demonstrating her “expressionistic art” style in Cindy Walton’s Studio, #2A.

On Sunday, March 10, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe will be holding readings titled "Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald" at 3 p.m. Come out to 55 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville and listen to  by Tom Downing, Jason Sanford and visiting historian, Carroll McMahan as they read works of Zelda Fitzgerald. Additionally, Asheville’s own Jim MacKenzie will host a Zelda Trivia Contest.


On Tuesday, March 12, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe will be discussing "Save Me the Waltz: A Novel by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald" at noon, 55 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. 

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Save Me the Waltz" is the story of Alabama Beggs, a young Southern girl who meets and falls in love with David Knight during World War I. The two inevitably get married, and David goes on to become a successful painter. When the family moves to the French Riviera, Alabama takes up ballet, determined to find her own success. When she lands her solo debut in the opera Faust, cracks in their marriage become evident.



Save Me the Waltz is the only novel by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Published in 1932, she wrote it in six weeks while hospitalized for schizophrenia. It is a semi-autobiographical account of her relationship with author F. Scott Fitzgerald, providing insight into their life and marriage. During the years when he was working on Tender Is the Night, she was preparing her own story that parallels the narrative of her husband’s. Save Me the Waltz is a vivid and moving story; through the confessions of a famous, slightly doomed glamour girl of the affluent 1920s, it captures the spirit of an era.



The discussion will be Moderated by Lisa Nanney, professor of American literature and Kristi McMillan.

On Thursday, March 14, Pack Memorial Library will be hosing a Celebrate Zelda Day with a panel discussion titled "How Much the Heart Can Hold with Daniel Johnson."

The panel will discuss “Malady or Motivation.” What can Zelda Fitzgerald’s life teach us about trauma and creativity? There will be a discussion hosted by Dr. Daniel Johnson, and a panel of local artists will offer a presentation on the link between creativity, mental illness and recovery. This program is free and everyone is invited.

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