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'An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald,' April 10

Reading Features Works By and About Baltimore's Most Famous Jazz Age Couple

March 28, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Baltimore's most famous Jazz Age couple, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, will be celebrated in a special evening of readings at the University of Baltimore on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. "An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald" will take place in the Wright Theater in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. It is free and open to the public.

WYPR's The Signal will feature a segment about "An Evening with Scott and Zelda Firtzgerald" on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m. Producer and co-host Lisa Morgan interviewed Shorr, and also recorded readings by UB's Marion Winik, Peter Toran, and [non-UB] actor Harriet Lynn. WYPR is at 88.1-FM; tune in here to catch the show.

Between 1932 and 1937, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, along with their daughter Scottie, lived in Bolton Hill, Mt. Vernon, Charles Village and Rodgers Forge. According to the event's producer and host, UB School of Communications Design Professor Jonathan Shorr, "During the time that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived in Baltimore, he worked on his novel Tender Is the Night and took care of their daughter Scottie, while Zelda spent much of her time at the Phipps Psychiatric Institute (now part of The Johns Hopkins University) and Sheppard Pratt Hospital." Meanwhile, Scottie was attending the Bryn Mawr School and taking art lessons at what is now the Maryland Institute College of Art.

"An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald" will feature UB faculty and staff, as well as members of the community, several of Baltimore's best readers.

The program will feature several short excerpts of work by and about the Fitzgeralds:

  • pieces from The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, and other work by Scott and Zelda;
  • letters between Scott and Zelda and between Scott and H.L. Mencken, Zelda's psychiatrists, and others;
  • observations about the Fitzgeralds and their work by Hemingway, Doctorow and others;
  • fictionalized representations of them and some of their characters from novels by Therese Anne Fowler and Chris Bohjalian;
  • and more.

"An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald" is part of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts Spring Reading Series and Spotlight UB. It is co-sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland Humanities Council, Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and CityLit.

For more information, contact Kimberley Lynne, UB's theater events coordinator, at 410.837.4053 or by email, klynne@ubalt.edu.

Learn more about the M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts.

Learn more about Spotlight UB.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.