Flappers and Philosophers

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Vintage Books, 2009 - Fiction - 226 pages

Flappers and Philosophers was published in 1920 on the heels of Fitzgerald's sensational debut, This Side of Paradise, and anticipated themes in The Great Gatsby. This iconic collection marks the writer's entry into short fiction, and contains some of his most famous early stories, including "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "The Ice Palace," "Head and Shoulders," and "The Offshore Pirate." In these pages we meet Fitzgerald's trademark characters: the beautiful, headstrong young women and the dissolute, wandering young men who comprised what came to be called the Lost Generation. With their bobbed hair and dangling cigarettes, his characters are sophisticated, witty, and, above all, modern: the spoiled heiress who falls for her kidnapper, the intellectual student whose life is turned upside-down by a chorus girl, the feuding debutantes whose weapons are cutting words and a pair of scissors. An instant classic in its time, a confirmed part of the canon today, this collection evokes 1920s America through the eyes of a writer indelibly linked to that singular era.  

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User Review  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

I did not feel that this collection was a decent one. All of the stories, in my opinion (and especially towards the latter end) fell apart and I was not entranced by the characters or the setting ... Read full review

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User Review  - madepercy - LibraryThing

I am still amazed at the intense life experience at such a young age. Even though the themes are often about "coming-of-age", FSF's depth of maturity and comprehension of the deeper side of social ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was born in 1896 and died in 1940.

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