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Flappers and Philosophers

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book Overview: 

Flappers and Philosophers was the first collection of short stories written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It includes eight stories:

The Offshore Pirate
The Ice Palace
Head and Shoulders
The Cut-Glass Bowl
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Dalyrimple Goes Wrong
The Four Fists

The Offshore Pirate is a long short story in 6 parts. It predates the screwball movie comedies of the 1930’s in that it features a determined young heiress trying to get what she wants out of life.

Bernice Bobs Her Hair is about a pretty but socially clueless Bernice who lets her know-it-all cousin push her around, but eventually, something's gotta give!

The Ice Palace is a story about Sally Carrol Happer, a young southern woman from the fictional city of Tarleton, Georgia, who becomes engaged one summer to Harry Bellamy, a man from an unspecified northern town. The following winter, on a visit to Harry's home town to meet Harry's family, Sally Carrol begins to have second thoughts...

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .cotton-fields where even the workers seemed intangible shadows lent by the sun to the earth, not for toil, but to while away some age-old tradition in the golden September fields. And round the drowsy picturesqueness, over the trees and shacks and muddy rivers, flowed the heat, never hostile, only comforting, like a great warm nourishing bosom for the Infant earth.

"Sally Carrol, we're here!"

"Poor chile's soun' asleep."

"Honey, you dead at last outa sheer laziness?"

"Water, Sally Carrol! Cool water waitin' for you!"

Her eyes opened sleepily.

"Hi!" she murmured, smiling.


In November Harry Bellamy, tall, broad, and brisk, came down from his Northern city to spend four days. His intention was to settle a matter that had been hanging fire since he and Sally Carrol had met in Asheville, North Carolina, in midsummer. The settlement took only a quiet afternoon and an evening in front of a glowing open . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This little book of eight short stories took me about a week to read, and now I’m very sorry that it’s over. All of the stories were very entertaining and vivid. It made me feel like I was a nineteen-year-old girl in the first or second decade of the twentieth century. Many of the stories in this bo

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose is like pizza and sex. Even when it’s bad, it’s good. Flappers and Philosophers, published in 1920, is a collection of mostly forgettable stories that lionize the rich and rarely challenge the reader’s world view. But that only explains why they’re annoying, not why they’


The first story in this collection, THE OFFSHORE PIRATE, did nothing to alter my opinion that Fitzgerald was a tedious, meandering, mostly uninteresting writer who used too many words to get to the point. Others have a different opinion and enjoy his writing.

Someone whose opinions I value sugges

Flappers and Philosophers are the tales of youth, mostly… Stories of young dreamers and their beautiful dreams being broken. And I admired how excellently the spirit of that rather rebellious epoch was preserved in the tales.
Ardita scrutinized him carefully — and classed him immediately as a romant

Flappers and Philosophers is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first *official* short story collection, consisting of eight (8) short stories. The stories were a tiny bit hit-and-miss but for the most part I really enjoyed them. ‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair’ was my favourite story.
The stories, and my ratings of them

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