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Fictionalizing the Jazz Age's most iconic couple

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Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Love him. Hate him. Many of us are forced to read F. Scott Fitzgerald. We revisit a conversation with one writer who used fiction to explore the relationship of the writer with his wife, the iconic Zelda Fitzgerald.

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived hard and died young. But while their wild lifestyle did not endure, the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald continue to captivate modern readers.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with R. Clifton Spargo, an author who explored the lives Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in a novel. He talks about the difficulty of capturing the lives of these literary luminaries in fiction. Later he is joined by Harry Stecopoulos, a professor who teaches "The Great Gatsby" at the University of Iowa, about why this book continues to be on reading lists across the country.

This conversation was first produced on April 22, 2013.


  • R. Clifton Spargo, author of "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald" (Overlook Press, 2013)
  • Harry Stecopoulos, associate professor of English at the University of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa