Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

Photo of the back of 12 E. 82nd St. by Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

S1E12: Divorce Song | Zelda Sayre and F. Scott Fitzgerald & 12 E. 82nd Street


For our season one finale – we’re taking one week off and will return March 31 – we wanted to play a little, so we’re telling some stories that might not normally fit into a theme this week. First, Alicia brings us the story of the King and Queen of the Jazz Age, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Though they never actually divorced, the story is a great illustration of the reality that some marriages don’t work, and a lot of people would be better off ending a marriage rather than staying in it.

Stacie follows that up with the story of a Manhattan address that ties together a bunch of Trashy Divorces threads. Its owners have included a previous Trashy Divorces subject, a divorcing couple we’re likely to cover in the future, and a slightly mysterious real estate magnate who will likely reappear.

References & Stuff to Check Out:

Zelda: A Biography

Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jazz Age’s High Priestess

The Subversive Art of Zelda Fitzgerald

Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald: A Marriage

Exiles from Paradise: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters

The Collected Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald

Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story

This is the 2012 NYT article about the backlessness of the E. 82nd St. townhouse.

The Real Deal is a New York real estate blog that has provided surprisingly good coverage of the unlikely career of Janna Bullock.

Promo: The F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum 30th Anniversary Gala

No episode next week. We’re back with season two on March 31!

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