Aired: May 17, 2008

William Faulkner and Zelda Fitzgerald

William Faulkner was a rich presence on the University of Virginia grounds fifty years ago. Steve Railton (University of Virginia) discusses Faulkner’s influence on American literature and what the recordings from his time at UVa offer visitors to a current Faulkner exhibit.

Also: Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald had a celebrity marriage during the Jazz age of the 1920s. However, from 1930 until her death in 1948, Zelda was in and out of mental hospitals. Karen Tatum (Norfolk State University) is exploring the possibility of a link between the medication she took for eczema and her debilitating mental illness.

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