Editor says, what if F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife Zelda had him committed first? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Happy Endings thread.
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Editor says, what really happened: It was F. Scott Fitzgerald who had his wife committed, at Hemingway's suggestion, and she was the one who died in the institution blaze. His evidence was so flimsy that it raised the controversy over involuntary commitment, which continues to this day .. including her strenuous efforts to become a ballerina at age 27, thus carrying out her lifelong ambition. In fact, his own behavior was much more bizarre and violent than hers .. including his threat to kill his mistress Sheilah Graham in an alcoholic rage. As for Hemingway, he committed suicide in 1961, wedded to the last of his four wives. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.