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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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Vintage (first published 1920)
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Anita Kelley Harris
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 book are focused on girls of that age, and I thought it was quite strange that Fitzgerald could write so well about them. Almost all of the stories can be classified as "coming of age" stories in the ea ...more
Bandit
May 12, 2016 Bandit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might be being overgenerous here, but I so enjoyed these stories. This is Fitzgerald's first collection, and while they may lack the substance matter of his later works, there's such grace, elegance and beauty here, albeit somewhat ephemeral. More flappery than philosophical, certainly. And yet, these 8 tales perfectly encompass the zeitgeist of the 1920s, dealing with mainly flirting, dating, romance, but occasionally more profound subjects too, such as choosing one's path, whether it is pres ...more
Lora Grigorova
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I must admit what drew me to the collection, despite of course the name of Fitzgerald, is the title. I mean, come on, Flappers and Philosophers is simply genial. I doubt anyone in the 1920s would ever use the word philosopher do describe a flapper. Flappers, for those of you who don’t know, were a “new breed” of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain
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Richard
Jun 05, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it
"You've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books
You're very well read
It's well known"

-Bob Dylan "Ballad of a Thin Man"


I could tell that "Flappers" was the work of a young writer. Some of the stories felt a little formulaic and predictable. You could see their bones sticking out. Other times it felt like Mr. Fitzgerald was trying to pop off the page saying, "Ooh! Look! I interrupt the flow of this story to remind you that I'm the author! Look how intricate these sentences are! Isn't my dia
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Dan
Sep 29, 2013 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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’re inferior.

The opening story, “The Offshore Pirate” is inferior because of its jaw-dropping sexism. Ha-ha-ha lets manipulate a head-strong girl because we men know how what’s best for her. Fitzgerald
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Peggy
Apr 28, 2014 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This set of eight Fitzgerald short stories was first published by Scribner's in 1920. The plots seem mostly contrived but they are definitely written by a master, as they are still interesting and readable today. In particular, the details of the story present a fascinating glimpse into the times in which Fitzgerald lived. Some jarring notes include the casual and flippant racist slurs and stereotypes found in one or two stories. Fitzgerald, though, indicates awareness of the impact of racism (a ...more
Anna Kļaviņa
THE OFFSHORE PIRATE 3
Ardita rebels against her uncle, who wishes her to behave as a respectable lady. He leaves her alone, and the ship is taken by Carlyle and his group of pirates. Things aren't all as they seem.
THE ICE PALACE 4
Sally Carrol thinks that she wants a different life than the one she leads in the South, with a man who isn't like the boys she grew up with. Her engagement to Henry and her trip North show her what that different life would be like.
HEAD AND SHOULDERS 3.5
Horace Tarbox is
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PennsyLady (Bev)
Feb 12, 2016 PennsyLady (Bev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished on Jul 28, 2014

Flappers and Philosophers (1920)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
hardcover

Flappers and Philosophers, first published in 1920, marked Fitzgerald's entry into the short story arena.
As a rule, I'm not taken with short stories; but, Fitzgerald is an exception.
The flavor and the contrasts of his Jazz Age stories intrigues me.
He is precise in his critique of post World War I America.
He's harsh and bold in contrasting those who have and those who have not, and yet I feel the emptiness in h
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Jamie
Sep 11, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
F. Scott Fitzgerald is a master at evoking the era he coined The Jazz Age. Each story in this collection is cinematic in tone and made me feel as if I had stepped back in time and become immersed in the world of the roaring twenties. As is the case with short story collections, I liked some stories much more than others. The wonderful thing about Fitzgerald, though, is that even if I hated the premise of a story or the characters within it, by the end I was still shaking my head and admitting hi ...more
Tony
FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS. (1920). F. Scott Fitzgerald. ***.
This was Fitzgerald’s first collection of his short stories. The plan by his publisher, Scribner, was to release a collection immediately after a novel was published. The novel before this work was “This Side of Paradise,” Fitzgerald’s first novel. The novel was reasonably well received, but was not a barn burner. His truly popular works came later. The intent of the collections was to show the author’s writing styles that were contempo
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Andy Miller
Feb 13, 2016 Andy Miller rated it really liked it
While these early Fitzgerald stories published in his first collection, Flappers and Philosophers in 1920, may may more uneven and at times more superficial than his later works, they are still a great read.
"Offshore Pirate" tells of a bored, spoiled young beauty on her way to rendezvous with an older "cad" as much to upset her family as anything else. While on the family yacht, it is hijacked. She is intrigued with the "Offshore Pirate" and an initial conversation shows Fitzgerald's skill in d
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Michael Neno
Sep 12, 2014 Michael Neno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most any short story collection, the quality of Flappers and Philosophers is hit and miss. It must be taken into account that most of these stories were written for and/or published in The Saturday Evening Post, so were tailored and fashioned to appeal to that market and meet one strict goal: to sell and generate income. Within those boundaries, though, this collection contains some fine and experimental writing, creating works more coherent and consistent than most of Fitzgerald's novels.

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Greta Mcgee
Jul 29, 2014 Greta Mcgee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald is an exceptional writer, I believe. I took a lot from him in these short stories. In each story it was never the same character. Every character had a different dream and future, which always made me devour every story in this book.
Dana
Mar 29, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
I enjoy Fitzgerald's short stories. He tends to have an intriguing take on society and how certain classes if people should act. His symbolism is vibrant, and while the message/theme isn't always clear, his descriptions are beautiful and remarkable. Favorite short stories from this collection: The Offshore Pirate, The Cut-Glass Bowl, and The Four Fists.
Elisabeth
3.5 stars. On the whole, I liked this collection much better than Fitzgerald's second one, Tales of the Jazz Age. Undoubtedly my favorite story was "The Four Fists" (ironically, the only one in the collection that really doesn't have a hint of Jazz Age flavor about it). It's a clever idea very well executed; indeed I'd almost put it on my list of favorite/most memorable short stories I've read. The rest, excepting "An Offshore Pirate" which is basically tongue-in-cheek, do continue to prove that ...more
Patrick
May 19, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love about Fitzgerald's writing in general is the voice that it has; it speaks to a generation that is lost and in need of a sense of direction, and is a magnifying glass on the troubled souls that writhe and fight between what society expects of them, and their own passions and desires that sometimes gets the best of them in the end. This sort of ache and often melodramatic mood is a pattern that seem takes place in the books of Fitzgerald that I have read. However, I was always curious ...more
Natalie Tsay
Jun 26, 2014 Natalie Tsay rated it it was amazing
I was not the biggest fan of Gatsby and, consequently, Fitzgerald. I read Gatsby in 9th grade and was underwhelmed--read it again in 11th and didn't think much more of it. Though I felt guilty about it, Gatsby didn't excite me the way I thought it should. Honestly, I really couldn't figure out what the big fuss was about.

After reading the eight stories in Flappers and Philosophers, I reassessed my ambivalent attitude toward Fitzgerald. Pretty much everything I read was delightful regardless of i
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Carolyn Owen-King
Reading this book was a particularly moving experience. It feels as if I have got to know FSF at the various stages in his life. The early 'flapper' stories are light and bright, full of hope and optimism. We can feel his fascination for Zelda in the way he idealises the South and Southern women and womanhood.
His bizarre and fearless imagination is most noticeable in the sinister 'The Diamond as Big as The Ritz' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' which probe beneath the surface of his so
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Jennefier
Jan 03, 2013 Jennefier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the stories in "Flappers and Philosophers", the one that most interested me was "Bernice Bobs Her Hair". This short story is about a cousin, Bernice, who visits her cousin, Marjorie, who is the life of all the parties. After being dubbed as the most boring of the party, Bernice threatens to leave after she overhears a conversation about her between her aunt and Majorie. Majorie teaches her how to become more attractive to the men, Bernice succeeds. However, when Bernice begins to spen ...more
Grace
Sep 05, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I won’t kiss you. It might get to be a habit and I can’t get rid of habits.”
I sat and read these eight short stories waiting for my flight home from holiday, looking back I wish I’d spaced them out a bit more and made them last a bit longer, each story was unique, vivid and notable all separate and clear in my mind rather than ‘clumping’ together and though I wasn’t expecting to - for once I really enjoyed a piece of Fitzgerald’s writing.
My favourite of the eight was the first story in the col
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Eileen
I think Fitzgerald's strength is writing wealthy philosophical intellectuals who are struggling to lead fulfilled lives. Although I was interested to read a variety of short stories to see his writing of other types of characters, I thought these stories did not showcase his best writing.
Erika
Feb 14, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading Fitzgerald's short stories. His WRITING IS PRICELESS. I'm astonished.
These stories were interesting and unique, I really enjoyed reading them, though there was one story I wasn't the biggest fan of, but that happens.
My favorite is definitely "The Offshore Pirate"! It was just lovely and funny.
4.5
Andy
Nov 15, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant collection of shorts from the great F Scott. The stories range wildly in tone to jazz baby Joel McRea romp (The Offshore Pirate) to downright bizarre (Benediction) to bittersweet (Head And Shoulders). The only complaint I have with the book is the sequencing; I would have saved The Ice Palace for last because the last five pages were so disturbing and devastating to me it was hard to pick the book up again for awhile. It literally stops the book dead in its tracks and I'm sure ...more
Christopher Sutch
After the horrendous disaster that was his first novel, it was refreshing for me to discover that Fitzgerald was evidently a better short-story than novel writer. Still, this collection shows the signs of a young author still learning his trade. Many of the stories are trite and banal, the first half of them are marred by absolutely unnecessary casual racism (present in the narrative voice, not just in the characters); it was a great relief to see that disappear in the later stories. He even sho ...more
Charles
It is hard not to agree with great writers and critics, like Gertrude Stein and T.S. Eliot, who have maintained that nobody embodied and epitomized the voice of his own generation like Fitzgerald, after reading his work. 'Flappers and Philosophers', Fitzgerald's first short story collection, is no exception.

'Flappers and Philosophers' offers a good selection of Fitzgerald's writing. Two stories, from the selection of eight, 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' and 'The Cut-Glass Bowl', have already achieved
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Nicholas Trandahl
This large collection of short stories was the last of Fitzgerald's works that I needed to read. This short tales forge a chronology of sorts of the journey of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his prose, from the glimmering magic of the ethereal Jazz Age to the gritty sarcastic end of the grim 1930s. And I enjoyed each and every story. Truly, a marvelous work. And now, having read my way through all of Fitzgerald's work, all I can think of is starting back over with 'This Side of Paradise'.
Alysha McDevitt
Jul 14, 2015 Alysha McDevitt rated it it was amazing
I love these short stories! They're all fun, with interesting characters. I totally recommend for any commuters; I read these on the train & it was the perfect collection of stories.
Anna
С каждой новой прочитанной книгой Фицджеральда, я все больше убеждаюсь в наличие удивительного таланта этого автора. Истории и задумки, выходящие из под пера американского автора, всегда отличаются такой тонкостью и остротой, что и не снилась многим классикам литературы. А вкупе с потрясающе красивым и льющимся языком, чтение его романов доставляет поистине райское удовольствие.

Общая атмосфера сборника очень двоякая, собственно, как и вся история века джаза. С одной стороны, это пышные вечеринки
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Pink
Classic Fitzgerald stories. If you read these unaware of the author, I think you'd guess in a minute. As always with a collection, there were some better than others, but overall they worked very well. Glad to have ticked this off my Fitzgerald list and I think, just maybe, I've read all of his short stories now. Still a couple of novels to go though!
Anna
Mar 02, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I don't particularly like to read short story collections the same way I read regular books. It honestly gets a bit tiring no matter how much I like the author. So, in order to fit my reading style, I'm reviewing each story as I read it.

Bernice Bobs Her Hair:
Great little short story. This is a character study of a young woman who tries to fit in with the era she's living in. While it's quite simple, it does raise questions. Are any of the young people we consider "modern" really different than y
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini ...more
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