Today I talk to author Melissa Walker (Small Town Sinners) on the BN forums about art, inspiration, and the all-important book cover.
As we get close to the season finale of Downton Abbey, I visited Under the Cover Books to discuss the most romantic couples of the 1920s, starting with the original flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald. For the complete list, please visit Under the Covers.
Love and All That Jazz:
The Great Romances of the 1920s
If there was any era when American women were more fabulous than the women of the 1920s, I can’t imagine it. After reading the nonfiction book Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz, I was inspired to write my first historical novel, The Gin Lovers, set in 1925 Manhattan. The 1920s – the dawn of the flapper era, the onset of Prohibition, and the rise of jazz — was arguably the most dramatic decade in American history. It didn’t take me long to come to the conclusion that it was also the most romantic. I was struck by how many couples of the time still influence us today – in films, in movies, in music. Here is a look at five of the most fascinating couples of the 1920s:
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre
The golden couple of the 1920s (or in today’s parlance, the Brangelina of their time) F. Scott (author of The Great Gatsby) and Zelda married on April 3, 1920. He called her the “first American flapper,” and their life was regarded as the ultimate in glamour. In reality, their relationship was marred by alcoholism, infidelity, and mental illness. But for a shining moment, theirs was a relationship dreams (and bestsellers) were made of.