Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Flappers and Philosophers” as Want to Read:
Flappers and Philosophers
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Flappers and Philosophers

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  2,173 ratings  ·  163 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Flappers and Philosophers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Flappers and Philosophers

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
Peggy
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
Richard
"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
...more
Lora Grigorova
Flappers and Philosophers: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20...

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
...more
Anna  Matsuyama
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
...more
Dan
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
...more
Michael Neno
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.

N
...more
Greta Mcgee
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.
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
...more
Jennefier
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
“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
...more
Andy
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
...more
Natalie Tsay
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
...more
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
...more
Joshua Rigsby
The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. What Fitzgerald does well there also carries over into his short stories. His vivid, true-to-life dialogue ripples through each page and sounds as natural as if it were spoken yesterday rather than a hundred years ago.

As in Gatsby, Fitzgerald is keenly aware of class in the peculiarly American context of the 20s. His characters are yearning for status they could never attain through legitimate means, or spurning the position that was given to them t
...more
R.a.
As with much other Fitzgerald work, this collection of eight stories ignites joy and admiration.

A reader can see early imprints of Gatsby in “The Offshore Pirate” although the racial epithets at various points shock a bit. Upon review, however, the reader also can trace the characters’ differing “world points-of-view” and thinking based on the tones and utterances of these.

“The Ice Palace,” a re-read for me, reveals a deeper, more complex writer, and again “hidden” points of view and prejudices
...more
Idha Mindaryati
bahan skripsikuuuu.... ^^
Cathy
Sep 09, 2011 Cathy added it
This is the first F Scott Fitzgerald book I've read since high-school. My experience then did not inspire me to seek out more Fitzgerald to read, Gatsby was entertaining (though I suspect it went slightly over my teenage head) but Tender is the Night put me to sleep, literally. I picked this book up when I was browsing (in an actual bookstore, not online!) and thought that short stories might be a nice way to try Fitzgerald again without the danger of finding myself in the middle of a never endi ...more
Emily
This was my first time ready Fitzgerald short stories. I continue to be enraptured in the magic of his words, but dissatisfied that the characters he creates, though claimed to be reflective of those he knew during this time period, are rather shallow and all-together not very likable people.

This publication included the following stories: The Offshore Pirate (an unexpected love story based in a purposefully tricky identity), The Ice Palace (a love story gone wrong; you'll get more out of it if
...more
Michelle
Some good stories mixed with some bombs in this book. I had only previously read Gatsby from the author, and as that is one of my favorite books I went in with high expectations.

These were all stories written earlier in Fitzgerald's career than Gatsby, which may account for their hit-and-miss qualities. Fitzgerald brings attention back to himself as the author time and again in these short stories, which at most is "cute" at first and downright annoying by the end. Yes, we know we are reading a
...more
Laura Sims
Jazz Age Stories is a collection of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It combines two of his more famous collections, Tales of the Jazz Age and Flappers and Philosophers. As Fitzgerald is known for, these short stories critique the time of the Jazz Age or Roaring Twenties. I've read all of the short stories in the Tales of the Jazz Age section and more recently I've read the Flappers and Philosophers section. I finally felt able to write a full review.

There's so much to love about Fitzgerald
...more
Scott
Jan 26, 2011 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 1920s
A charming collection of Fitzgerald's very early stories, Flappers and Philosphers (1920) fashions a world of late adolescent romance trimmed with dashing pirates, beautiful spoiled rich girls, college boys home for the holidays, flappers, dancers, and hard-luck men looking high and low for money or a break in life ... types and characters that Fitzgerald will develop in the stories and novels that follow. The general spirit of fairy-tale optimism that gives the book its fizz is tempered here an ...more
Emily
Really fantastic collection of short stories. Definitely an enjoyable read. I was surprised to find that they reminded me significantly more of American Romanticism than the 20s, post-WWI writing I usually associate with Fitzgerald. The writing often reminded me of Hawthorne more than anything else.

Thoughts on each of the stories:

"The Offshore Pirate" - Easily my favorite story in the collection. Charming, fun, and whimsical. Ardita and Carlyle were compelling and amusing and I cared about them
...more
Brendan Diamond
The way Fitzgerald writes is simply gorgeous. He has a way about his prose that is both lyrical and full of movement. This collection of stories runs the gamut of pleasure and pain, and Fitzgerald is a master of both. "The Offshore Pirate" is probably my favorite of the lot, with its balmy, dreamy romance doing exactly the opposite of what Fitzgerald (or, more accurately, his narrator) attempts to do in telling the story. Both "The Offshore Pirate" and "Head and Shoulders" have delightful O. Hen ...more
Miranda
Flappers and Philosophers is F. Scott Fitzgerald's first of two short story collections published in his lifetime, both at the height of his career. I love reading this collection as a fan of the author himself, knowing he was then my age and had not yet encountered the tragedies that will later mature his work.

Don't be dissuaded from reading this collection by those who say that his early pieces don't hold as much water. He began his career as a pop icon; he wrote often for magazines in order t
...more
Ming Ke
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Katie B-K
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. Definitely worth reading, though I read the stories one at a time over a couple weeks rather than all at one sitting. My thoughts on particular stories:

The Offshore Pirate: I'm not usually a short story person, but a friend recommended I read one of the stories in this book, so I thought I might as well read them all. I finished "The Offshore Pirate," the first in the book, and enjoyed it. Sometimes Fitzgerald's phrasing is so beautiful it's almost pain
...more
Christina Dawn
"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 fire, for Harry Bellamy had everything she wanted; and, beside, she loved him--loved him with that side of her she kept especially for loving. Sally Carrol had several ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Collected Writings
  • Old New York: Four Novellas
  • A Haunted House and Other Short Stories
  • To Let: The Forsyte Saga
  • Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald: A Marriage
  • Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald
  • Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties
  • The Short Stories of Saki
  • Mortal Coils
  • My Mortal Enemy
  • Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties
  • Gothic Tales
  • Three Plays
  • Fiction Writer's Workshop
  • Stories and Essays of Mina Loy
  • Saints and Strangers
3190
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
More about F. Scott Fitzgerald...
The Great Gatsby Tender Is the Night This Side of Paradise The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Beautiful and Damned

Share This Book

“I won’t kiss you. It might get to be a habit and I can’t get rid of habits.” 297 likes
“I hate dainty minds,' answered Marjorie. 'But a girl has to be dainty in person. If she looks like a million dollars she can talk about Russia, ping-pong, or the League of Nations and get away with it.” 67 likes
More quotes…