Tender Was the Fight: Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Lavish, Tragic Life with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes
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We remember F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald as celebrity icons of the Roaring Twenties, wealthy ex-pats who moved to the French Riviera to live a lavish lifestyle. Fitzerald’s books about the Jazz Age were instant best-sellers. And Zelda quickly stole the spotlight at the best parties across Paris, before achieving recognition as an artist and writer herself... But all that glitters is not gold, and few American couples in the twentieth century better symbolized the disparity between fact and fiction of celebrity lifestyles.
Using Zelda’s novel Save Me the Waltz (1932) and F. Scott’ Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night (1934) as a basis for our discussion, this seminar will cover the Fitzgeralds' improbable life in France before the Crash of ‘29, and the opulent lifestyle that led to both of their tragic ends. With a close reading of Zelda’s only novel and one of F. Scott’s best, this course will seek to dispel the myths and legends that have come to color the imagined reality of an entire generation of artists in the Roaring Twenties.
Led by an expert on history and literature, Professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, this interactive seminar will contextualize the meteoric rise and rapid demise of these two Lost Generation icons. Designed to inspire curiosity as well as educate, participants will come away with a deeper appreciation for both of the Fitzgeralds' writing and life story, and the tragic price they each paid for pursuing a life of wealth and glamour at all costs.
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Samuél is a writer and musician who has lived in Paris since 2008. He holds an M.A. in European Society from University College London and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Samuél teaches creative writing at the Sorbonne and is also in an American folk-rock trio, Slim & The Beast, which has toured extensively throughout Europe and has been featured numerous times in Rolling Stone France.
Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).