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Flappers and Philosophers

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First published in 1920, Flappers and Philosophers marked F. Scott Fitzgerald's entry into the realm of the short story, in which he adroitly proved himself "a master of the mechanism of short story technique" (Boston Transcript). Several of his most beloved tales are represented in this collection of eight, including "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" and "Head and Shoulders," with
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 1920)
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
This is not his best writing. I'm guessing Zelda didn't help much. These stories just kept him in the bucks. I'm not shying away from reading his novels because of these short stories. I don't feel like these reflect his talent.
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
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
Flappers and Philosophers:

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
Jun 05, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Apr 24, 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
It's time. A while ago I decided to slowly reacquaint myself with Fitzgerald, and I feel it's now the perfect time, because my taste in prose has somewhat evolved since my experience with The Great Gatsby (1925), so I want to see whether there's something I've missed or if there's a quality to it I can appreciate more now that I'm older. First, though, I was intrigued by Fitzgerald's first short story collection.

Published the same year as his debut novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), Flappers a
Anna Kļaviņa
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.
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.
Horace Tarbox is
Hákon Gunnarsson
I like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, so I had some expectations about this book. It is his first short story collection, and I have been on a short story binge lately. "The offshore pirate" is the first story in this book, and I have to admit that I almost gave up after that one. I found it rediculous, and I think it is the worst story in the collection.

Luckily I continued and read the next one which is "The ice palace". I think that one is among the best stories in the book. It is a
PennsyLady (Bev)
Jan 16, 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

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
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
Oct 18, 2014 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.
Greta Mcgee
Jun 23, 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.
Andy Miller
Feb 13, 2016 Andy Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie Tsay
Jun 16, 2014 Natalie Tsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 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
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.

May 12, 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
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
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
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
Nov 03, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 10, 2014 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought these stories were silly and predictable. Kind of entertaining. They reminded me of some cheesy 80's sitcom. The Offshore Pirate = Goldie Hawn in Overboard. These stories lack depth. I never care for any of his characters either. I definitely prefer Hemingway and agree with his views on Fitzgerald.
May 20, 2013 Pink rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
Alysha McDevitt
Jun 19, 2015 Alysha McDevitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 05, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Charming book of short stories by an American genius. The story of spoiled Ardita being kidnapped by a pirate was my favorite out of the whole collection.
Jan 19, 2008 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
don't crucify me, but i actually think this is better than the great gatsby
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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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