Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nine works inspired by writers’ real-life love lives

Joni Rendon and Shannon McKenna Schmidt are the authors of Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads.

For The Daily Beast they came up with a list of nine works inspired by writers’ love lives, including:
Tender is the Night
By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Not one but two romantic relationships influenced Tender is the Night: Scott’s tempestuous marriage to Zelda and his infatuation with teenage actress Lois Moran. Like the novel’s Nicole Diver, who leaves her husband for a mercenary soldier, Zelda once considered dumping Scott for a French aviator. In retaliation, Scott blatantly squired Moran around Hollywood. It’s not known for certain if the pair’s relationship ever turned physical, but the actress made enough of an impression to inspire beautiful young temptress Rosemary Hoyt.
Read about another entry on the list.

Also see: Simon Gough's top nine writers' muses.

--Marshal Zeringue