My Annual Zelda Fitzgerald Birthday Post, This Time in Photographs

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was born on 24 July 1900. Her dreams ran bigger than her husband’s words, deeper than his fame. She was way more than a muse, a wife, a mother: she was a writer, and a damn fine one.*

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*Zelda also danced and painted.

[Alternative Muses] Two Exits and an Entrance: Burns, Terry, and Hemingway

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“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”-Ernest Hemingway

“Eulogy is nice but one does not learn anything from it.”-Ellen Terry

“Let them cant about decorum, who have characters to lose!”-Robert Burns

[Alternative Muses] Coming and Going: Edgar Degas/Margaret Fuller Mashup

Ironing Woman by Edgar Degas, 1869

1869: Ironing Woman by Edgar Degas (born on 7/19/1834)

“I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.”-Margaret Fuller (died on 7/19/1850)

Dancers Practicing at the Bar by Edgar Degas, 1877

1877: Dancers Practicing at the Bar by Edgar Degas

Shopping for the Bookworm: C is for Cather, Willa

“Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.”-Willa Cather

Willa Cather My Antonia Library Card Catalog Pendant by Parker's Porch

Willa Cather My Antonia Library Card Catalog Pendant by Parker’s Porch. $27.00

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[Alternative Muses] Creative Couples: Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper

“Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.”-Anton Chekhov

Playwright and short story genius Anton Chekhov and actress Olga Knipper had a short, independent, mostly long-distance marriage. It began with a low-key, very private wedding in May 1901, and ended with Chekhov’s tragic death three years later. Neither career was sacrificed to the traditional dictates of matrimony.

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“Give me a wife who, like the moon, won’t appear in my sky every day.”-Anton Chekhov

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“And what does it mean–dying? Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninety-five remain alive.”-Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

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“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.”-Anton Chekhov, The Seagull

Anton Chekhov died on 15 July 1904, with his wife by his side. Olga Knipper outlived her husband by nearly fifty-five years.

Happy Birthday, Robert A. Heinlein!

My husband’s favourite author, Robert A. Heinlein, was born on 7 July 1907.

1929 Naval Academy Yearbook Photo of Robert A. Heinlein

1929 Naval Academy Yearbook Photo of Robert A. Heinlein

“A prude is a person who thinks that his own rules of propriety are natural laws.”-Robert A. Heinlein