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Save Me The Waltz

(1953)
A novel by

 
Save Me the Waltz is the only novel by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Published in 1932, it is a semi-autobiographical account of her life and marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Save Me the Waltz, according to its author, derives its title from a Victor record catalog, and it suggests the romantic glitter of the life which F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald lived and which Scott's novels have so indelibly written into American literary and cultural history. Divided into four chapters, each of which is further divided into three parts, the novel is a chronological narrative of four periods in the lives of Alabama and David Knight, names that are but thin disguises for their real-life counterparts.

Save Me The Waltz is the story of Alabama Beggs, a Southern girl who marries a twenty-two-year-old artist, David Knight. As with Zelda and Scott, Alabama met David when he was in the South during World War I. Knight becomes a successful painter, and the family moves to the Riviera where Knight begins an affair with an actress. Determined to be successful in her own right, Alabama decides to become a ballet dancer and devotes herself relentlessly to the cause, eventually achieving success. Alabama dances her solo debut in the opera Faust. Though outwardly successful, Alabama and David are miserable. At the novel's end they return to the South when Alabama's father dies. Though she says otherwise, her friends from the South go on about how happy and lucky Alabama is. Alabama searches for meaning in her father's death, but finds none. While cleaning up after their final party before returning to their unhappy lives, Alabama remarks - an interesting contrast to the closing lines of The Great Gatsby - that emptying the ashtrays is "very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled 'the past,' and having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue."

 
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Hardback Editions

January 1969 : UK Hardback
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-224-61529-7 / 978-0-224-61529-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Save Me The Waltz (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-09-928655-6 / 978-0-09-928655-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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September 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: Save Me the Waltz (Twentieth Century Classics S.)
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-14-018079-6 / 978-0-14-018079-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 1971 : USA Paperback
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-451-04666-8 / 978-0-451-04666-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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April 1971 : UK Paperback
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-14-003259-2 / 978-0-14-003259-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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April 1971 : UK Paperback
Title: Save ME the Waltz (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-14-008236-0 / 978-0-14-008236-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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June 1968 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-451-05603-5 / 978-0-451-05603-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Amer Library (Mm)
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1968 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-451-03485-6 / 978-0-451-03485-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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June 1967 : USA Paperback
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 0-8093-0255-1 / 978-0-8093-0255-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr (T)
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Audio Editions

December 2014 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Save Me the Waltz: A Novel
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
ISBN: 1-4915-8321-5 / 978-1-4915-8321-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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December 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Save Me the Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher:
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July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Save Me the Waltz: A Novel
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher: Scribner
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May 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Save Me The Waltz
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics
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May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Save Me The Waltz (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Zelda Fitzgerald
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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