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Flappers and Philosophers

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  4,106 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Covering some of the very best of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short fiction, this collection spans his career, from the early stories of the glittering Jazz Age, through the lost hopes of the thirties, to the last, twilight decade of his life. It brings together his most famous stories, including 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'.
Hardcover, 643 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by Penguin Classics (first published 1920)
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Vit Babenco
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 romantic figure. He gave the effect of towering self-confidence erected on a slight foundation — just under the surface of each of his decisions she discerned a hesitancy that was in decided contrast to the
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Anita NotherBook
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
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.
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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gwayle
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this collection of eight short stories from early in F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing career. They are largely comings of age, many from surprisingly believable female perspectives. Remarkably fresh, tender, funny, well crafted—free from the tropes that drive me nuts in a lot of contemporary short fiction: the bogs of interior monologues, the random slices of life in which nothing happens (and what's the point...?), the let's stop the story abruptly on the cusp of the action "technique."

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Bandit
May 12, 2016 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
Dan
Sep 29, 2013 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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Richard
Jun 05, 2011 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
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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
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Ashley Hall
3.5/5*

I did really enjoy the writing style of this book. However, I did not completely love the style and structure of this short story collection. Well written, but the stories fell flat and they were cut short too often. I never truly became engulfed in any story.
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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Peggy
Apr 24, 2014 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
jess
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories, so much so I read it in two days.

One particular aspect of every story I really loved was the character development. In the matter of a few pages, it felt as if this character was fully sculpted in my mind.

So many of these stories had so so much potential, and I found myself wanting more at the end of all of them.
It left me somewhat frustrated at certain points, however surely it is positive if I am still craving for more?

I definitely w
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Cheryl
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of 8 short stories, all quite easy to read in a short amount of time. I feel the book is best read backwards so you finish with the better stories as sadly after a really great start this fizzled out somewhat in the last few tales. However that being said the writing was lovely throughout, a great style of writing which was a pleasure to read and he somehow cleverly manages to create real depth to these stories which is hard to do when they are so brief. Each had some wonderful char ...more
Simon Robs
More Flapp than Philo but who's counting?! A couple three were really good and flapper philosophy rules obeisance in these jazzy skirts.
Illiterate
Fitzgerald captures a time when disillusionment with progress & purpose led to aestheticism & cleverness.
R.a.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Suvi
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
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PennsyLady (Bev)
Jan 16, 2016 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
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
Pink
May 20, 2013 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!
Dana
Oct 18, 2014 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 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.
Amy Beth
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. My love for Fitzgerald began in high school. I've always loved his elegant writing. Beautiful is the only way to describe it. This edition, by the way, is beautiful as well. It's from Penguin, of course.
Timotei
An interesting look at early Fitzgerald, especially at how he developed as a writer. With stories such as Dalyrimple Goes Wrong, there are clear links to The Great Gatsby for instance.
He has a great ability to describe with great detail and wit without (generally) loosing the reader. He is also able to imbue small, what would to other authors be insignificant, objects or actions with enough interest as to keep suspense throughout the short story.
At times the prose or action is boring and the e
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Steffy
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“To be afraid, a person has either to be very great and strong - or else a coward. I'm neither.“

This one is his first collection of short stories, but the prose is still beautiful. I really liked how he portrayed the female characters, driven and head-strong. Some stories were delightful, some made barely sense but all very readable since he touched on different topics and the social history during his time. I have a weird love-hate-relationship when it comes to Fitzgerald, but I still truly enj
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Chris
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-fiction
This collection of 8 short stories is like most that I've read; some are great, others, not so much. This collection is still very much worth reading, however. Most of these stories drew me right in, I found myself identifying with them. In other stories, I found the characters to not be likable at all. Perhaps that's what Fitzgerald was going for though. The underlying theme in these stories seems to be of youthful exuberance, when you're dreams are in reach and you've got your whole life ahead ...more
Sam Tornio
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite being at times a bit overwritten and cartoonish, it is clear why Fitzgerald initially made his name with these stories. There are moments of sustained brilliance. ‘Benediction’ is a perfect story.
emil
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
F. Scott’s great!!!
Mark Taylor
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During his lifetime, F. Scott Fitzgerald was better-known, and certainly more widely read, as a short story author rather than a novelist. His masterpiece The Great Gatsby sold less than 25,000 copies during Fitzgerald’s lifetime. In contrast, his short stories regularly appeared in the pages of The Saturday Evening Post, which boasted a circulation of over 2 million copies in the 1920’s. Fitzgerald wrote just under 200 short stories. Flappers and Philosophers was Fitzgerald’s first collection o ...more
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