On March 10th, 1948, Zelda Fitzgerald, confined to a mental hospital in Ashville, North Carolina was trapped on the third floor when fire broke out, killing her.
This was a tragic end of a madcap relationship with her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. They married when he published his first novel, which sold 20, 000 copies the first week.
They went to the Biltmore Hotel, but carried on so exuberantly that they got thrown out.
On to Paris, and friendships with Picasso, Gertrude Stein and nearly every bohemian American in Paris. A wild and brilliant time, but gradually her mental illness became apparent and worsened, ending in her hospitalization.
There is a rumor that her husband stole her work to publish one of his novels, after she was hospitalized. His alcoholism was defeating his writing– and in the end, liquor killed him.
Alcoholism is the writer’s favorite addiction. What makes writing easier in the beginning, destroys the gift at the end. Fitzgerald was one of many.