Zelda at the beach in Westport, Connecticut. The Fitzgeralds rented a house on Compo Beach in the summer of May 1920 where they spent a riotous summer entertaining New York friends.
“I don’t suppose I really know you very well – but I know you smell
like the delicious damp grass that grows near old walls and that your hands
are beautiful opening out of your sleeves and the back of your head is a mossy sheltered cave
when there is trouble in the wind and that my cheek just fits in the depression in your shoulder…”
Zelda Fitzgerald in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1931
Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I wish we could spend July by the sea, browning ourselves and feeling water-weighted hair flow behind us from a dive.
I wish our gravest concerns were the summer gnats.
I wish we were hungry for hot dogs and dopes, and it would be nice to smell the starch of summer linens
and the faint odor of talc in blistering summer bath houses …
We could lie in long citoneuse beams of the five o’clock sun on the plage at Juan-les-Pins
and hear the sound of the drum and piano being scooped out to sea by the waves.”
Zelda Fitzgerald in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald