F. Scott Fitzgerald was a handsome, ambitious sophomore at
Princeton when he fell in love for the first time. Ginevra King,
though only sixteen, was beautiful, socially poised, and blessed
with the confidence that considerable wealth can bring.
Their romance began instantly, flourished in heartfelt letters, and
quickly ran its course-but Scott never forgot it. Now, for the
first time, scholar and biographer James L. W. West III tells the
story of the youthful passion that shaped Scott Fitzgerald's life
as a writer.
When Scott and Ginevra met in January 1915, the rest of the world
was at war, but America remained a haven for young people who could
afford to have a good time. Privileged and mildly rebellious, the
two were swept together in a whirl of dances, parties, campus
weekends, and chaperoned visits to New York.
"For heaven's sake "don't" idealize me!" Ginevra warned in one of
the many letters she sent to Scott, but of course that's just what
he did-for the next two decades. Though he fell in love with Zelda
Sayre soon after learning of Ginevra's engagement to a well-to-do
midwesterner, Scott drew on memories of Ginevra for his most
unforgettable female characters-Isabelle Borge and Rosalind Connage
in "This Side of Paradise," Judy Jones in "Winter Dreams," and
above all Daisy Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby." Transformed by
Scott's art, Ginevra became a new American heroine who inspired an
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