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 well-known tales are represented in this classic collection of eight, including "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" and "Head and Shoulders," with their particularly O. Henry-like twists; the poignant "Benediction" and "The Cut-Glass Bowl"; and "The Offshore Pirate," the octet's opening and "most romantic story" (New York Times Book Review). Filtered through Fitzgerald's remarkable intensity of vision and fed by his matchless imagination, these tales shimmer with the exuberance of youth during the Jazz Age. This sublime short-story collection plumbs the depths of human feeling with a perspicacity that is quintessential Fitzgerald.
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by Matt Fitzgerald
by William Alexander
by John Harding
by Willie Gross, Jr., Wahida Clark
by Scott O'Dell
by Scott Hahn
by Scott Mariani
by Scott McClanahan
by Scott Duffy
by Scott Bennett
by Scott Thornley
by Carroll William Westfall
"Fitzgerald's first anthology contains eight stories of jazz-age youth, those whom the author called "romantic egoists." Notably present--the still popular "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," the superbly written "Ice Palace," and "The Off-Shore Pirate," a riff on Valentino's THE SHEIK, which was itself made into a silent film. Narrator Dufris is a bit over the top, a good and bad thing as applied here. On the one hand, he admirably captures Scott's Edwardian schmaltz; on the other, he caricatures the Dramatis Personae, particularly the women. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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