“This is historical fiction at its best, imaginatively filling the gaps and bringing us intimately into a portrait of marriage.” –Times Literary Supplement

An unforgettable novel that imagines the missing, final chapter in the tragic romance of one of America’s great literary couples.

Beautiful Fools is the story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald’s last trip together to save their passionate but ill-fated marriage. Fighting the demons of alcoholism, mental illness, and failed artistic ambition, but remaining intensely loyal to one another, Zelda and Scott are a heartbreaking testament to the limitlessness of hope.

A love story for the most unyielding of romantics.


January 2015: Beautiful Fools Featured in USA Today

January 2015: More on Beautiful Fools in USA Today

R. Clifton Spargo Appearing at Wisconsin Lutheran College on October 17th at 3:30 PM, Center for Arts and Performance, Reichel Lecture Hall (FM15) Free! Open to Students, Faculty and Staff

R. Clifton Spargo Appearing at the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum’s Annual Gala on May 3, 2014, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

R. Clifton Spargo will be the featured author at the Association of Marquette University Women’s Spring Book Club discussion on Wednesday, May 7th

R. Clifton Spargo at the Innisfree Bookstore & Cafe
Boulder, Colorado, April 18, 7:00 PM

R. Clifton Spargo reviews Careless People by Sarah Churchwell

R. Clifton Spargo Interviewed on WorldCanvass

R. Clifton Spargo featured on the Halli Casser-Jayne Show
“The Lives and Times of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald,” January 2014

Listen to the Podcast.

R. Clifton Spargo in The Atlantic – on Gatsby and Beautiful Fools

“The work of a genuine literary talent”: Beautiful Fools reviewed in The Spectator

“Fitzgeraldian Wistfulness”: Beautiful Fools reviewed in The New Yorker

Beautiful Fools featured in The Wall Street Journal

R. Clifton Spargo interviewed on “The Real Mrs. Fitzgerald”
in the London Sunday Times

The Reluctant Irishman: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Me:

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R. Clifton Spargo Interviewed in Newcity

Beautiful Fools reviewed in The Washington Post

Beautiful Fools reviewed in The Boston Globe

Beautiful Fools featured in The Chicago Tribune

Beautiful Fools Featured in The Guardian
Writers take on the troubled lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald Read the article
<e>Beautiful Fools</e> in British Vogue

Beautiful Fools in British Vogue

British Vogue highlights Zelda Fitzgerald, the Jazz Age, and Beautiful Fools
Front Page News on Huffington Post
R. Clifton Spargo's Gatsby article appeared on the front page of the Huffington Post. Read more
Beautiful Fools in Harper's Bazaar
See Beautiful Fools this month in Harper's Bazaar in a feature on Jazz Age mania. Read more